Monday, August 01, 2016

Nuts On The Run

It's the nut cartel:
California produces the most tree nuts in the United States, growing almost all the nation's almonds, walnuts and pistachios. It is second to China in world production of tree nuts and is hit the hardest by theft, according to the USDA. But nut thefts also have been spotted in Georgia and Arizona, Cornell said.
The monetary value of the nuts has risen due to both popular demand for their health benefits and California's drought, said Bob DeMallie, senior director of communications at Travelers Insurance.
From left, Tulare County Sheriff's Captain Cheri Lehner, Undersheriff Robin Skiles, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and State Assemblyman Devon Mathis, discuss the nut theft problem.
Not only does the high profit attract thieves, but also the low risk involved in stealing nuts; they're untraceable, can quickly disappear and are easy to move, said Cornell.
One nut load can be "a lot of money with nobody getting hurt," DeMallie said.
It's all fun and games until somebody gets shelled...

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