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Central Valley Thief Gets Away With 140,000 Pounds Of Walnuts

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A Kashmiri man sorts through walnuts for the domestic and overseas market in Srinagar on September 3, 2009. Each year, fresh and dry fruits including walnuts are exported from the Himalayan region with horticulture now representing the bulwark of its rural economy with annual revenues in excess of 500 million INR (10.7 million USD). AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

A man sorts through walnuts. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

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ESCALON, San Joaquin County (AP) – Authorities in California were trying to crack the case of a nut thief who made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts.

The theft, estimated at nearly $400,000, occurred Sunday in the small Central Valley town of Escalon. Investigators say it was one of the biggest to hit the booming industry. Last month, about 12,000 pounds ofwalnuts worth $50,000 were stolen from a trailer parked on Highway 99 north of Sacramento.

This time several truckloads of walnuts were taken from the facility. Authorities say rising prices — about $2 per pound — is what appears to be driving the recent walnut thefts.

No arrests have yet been made.

Walnuts are California’s fourth-leading agricultural export. China remains the world’s leading producer ofwalnuts.

 

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