San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation
The soaring value of California’s nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.
Investigators have recovered thousands of pounds of stolen walnuts in what became the area’s largest walnut heist.
A brazen crime wave is threatening to push farmers out of business. The latest in a series of walnut thefts is the largest yet, with the farmer nearly taking a half-a-million dollar hit.