Tulare County, California – A routine audit performed by a pistachio grower in Central California earlier this month found 21 tonnes – 42.00 pounds of nuts were missing.
Thus, the Touchstone Pistachio Company, of Fresno, contacted the authorities. This led to the arrest on Friday of Alberto Montemayor, 34, from Montemayor Trucking in Delano, reports KGPE-TV, a subsidiary of CBS Fresno. It was booked in Tulare County.
Officials said leads in Fresno and Kern County helped detectives discover that the tractor-trailer with the nuts inside had been moved from a Montemayor trucking lot to a nearby area.
Detectives said 2,000 pound ton pistachios were being put into smaller bags for resale.
Authorities said the pistachios still in the semi-trailer had been returned to Touchstone.