Nut heists are on the rise. Heists skyrocketed between 2014 and 2017, resulting in the loss of over $7.6 million worth of nuts, according to CargoNet, a company that tracks truck thefts.
Alberto Monemayor was arrested for stealing over 42,000 pounds of pistachios. Pistachios weigh 0.001 pounds, so he stole around 42,000,000 pistachios. The Touchstone Pistachio Company discovered the missing nuts during an audit earlier this month. According to the Tulare County, Calif. sheriff’s department, officials discovered that Montemayor was hiding the pistachios in a tractor-trailer parked in a parking lot. He was then repackaging them to sell. The pistachios had been put into 2,000-pound sacks making them easier to resell.
By no means is this the first major pistachio heist. According to The Washington Post, a 23-year-old man was accused by the same Sheriff’s Office of stealing two trucks full of pistachios value at $294,000.