Police crack this nutty case
ESCALON, Calif. (AP) -January 20, 2014 (WPVI) -- This crime is nuts!
Authorities in central California have busted two men on suspicion of stealing more than $400,000 worth of walnuts.
Nut crimes are up, as the crops have increased in value.
Growers and processors formed a taskforce last fall to take a crack a protecting their nuts.
The Stockton Record reports the suspects (Pedro Becerra and Mario Oheda) face a number of charges related to the walnut caper, including conspiracy.
Investigators believe the two men stole double semi-truck trailers containing more than 140,000 pounds of walnuts.
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