$400,000 Worth of Walnuts Stolen

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iStock/Thinkstock(ESCALON, Calif.) — California’s fourth-biggest agricultural export, walnuts, were the latest target of food thieves in Escalon, a city about 88 miles east of San Francisco.

The thieves stole 140,000 pounds of walnuts worth $400,000 on Nov. 3 from grower GoldenRiver Orchards, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Walnuts are worth about $2 a pound to farmers, up from about $1.85 last year, the Times reported.

This may be the biggest heist of walnuts the state has seen so far. Last month, 12,000 pounds of walnuts worth $50,000 were stolen from a trailer north of Sacramento.

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