Authorities look for serial nut thief

November 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Valley farmers are on high alert due to a serial walnut thief that is on the loose in California.

Ag officials say authorities are investigating the theft of 80-thousand pounds of walnuts worth $300-thousand.

The theft happened in Northern California. Investigators were alerted to the theft after a truck load of walnuts failed to show up in Florida as expected. Another truck load was stolen a few days earlier in the same area.

Detectives believe a serial nut thief is behind thefts. Investigators say the driver who picked up the truck-load was not the person who had been hired to carry out the job.