Detectives Recover $350K in Stolen Pistachios and Trailers

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man they say is responsible for stealing $350,000 worth of pistachios and big rig trailers.

The investigation began on August 14 when Ag detectives were called to Setton Pistachio in Terra Bella for the report of a possible cargo theft. Detectives learned the person responsible was using the identity of a legitimate trucking company.

Using that company’s name, they set up a contract with Setton Pistachio to deliver two tractor-trailer loads of packaged pistachios, worth more than $294,000. After picking up the pistachios, the truck was taken to an abandoned property in Selma where the nuts were removed from the packaging.

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The pistachios were then sold to an unsuspecting buyer in Madera County. Detectives also learned the trailers used to pick up the pistachios were stolen from a business in Fresno. Fortunately, those trailers were equipped with GPS trackers, which helped detectives locate them once the Fresno business owner reported the theft…  Fox26 News