More than 80,000 lbs. of walnuts stolen; Tehama deputies say delivery driver is the suspect

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Two companies who recently bought walnuts from Tehama County each reported around 40,000 pounds of the processed nuts stolen in the last two weeks, and deputies are searching for a suspicious delivery driver with a Russian accent who they say is behind it all.

The mystery started Oct. 26, when the Tehama County Sheriff's Office got a call from a freight brokerage firm in Southern California reporting that a truckload of walnuts never got to Miami like it should have two days earlier, deputies said.

Employees told sheriff's deputies that the driver of a white semi with a Russian accent picked up the load on Oct. 19. The walnuts were purchased by F.C. Bloxom and Co., a Seattle-based company, and to be delivered to Miami.

While investigating the strange report, deputies found out a man who matched the description of that delivery driver had picked up an order of 40,000 walnuts from Los Molinos on Oct. 23 that were supposed to be taken to Texas, deputies said.

Deputies checked with the trucking company hired by San Antonio-based Hill Country Bakery and revealed that the man who took the walnuts wasn't actually the one hired for the job, deputies said.

In both cases, the driver is described as about 6 feet, 2 inches, and weighing 198 pounds, and he's said to speak with a "very distinctive Russian accent," deputies said. The man somehow got the correct purchase numbers to show the companies in order to pull off the theft, they said.

Altogether, the stolen walnuts are said to be worth just under $300,000, deputies said.

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Comments » 24

thumper6977 writes: 1

Simple, his cohort gave him the load info, PU numbers and delivery address. Happens all the time...

OR, some nitwit talking to another driver over the CB gave out the info as to where he was going and somebody overheard the conversation and relayed that information to the thief.

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Z_Kraken writes: 2

Whoa, that's nuts

BettyHumpter writes:

People will steal anything.

How do you quickly turn over 40 tons of walnuts for cash?

HyampomHippy writes:

everywhere you turn there is a thief.

Raven1 writes: 2

Oh nuts! Someone will have to shell out for this loss.

Narnian writes: 2

Maybe they've Cracked the case!

mdmeyer writes: 3

How many more stories will we have to read about walnuts and crime before people understand that they go hand in hand?

Creative_Computers writes: 3

Squirrels! It's the damn squirrels! Never trust them.

HerpDerp writes: 4

Vant to buy some valnuts?

miahmacdougal writes: 1

"the driver is described as about 6 feet, 2 inches, and weighing 198 pounds" - How do you get such a precise description?

JOHNWILL writes: 2

You should never steal another man's nuts.

Z_Kraken writes: 2

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Redding_Is_My_Universe writes:

The article neglects to mention the name of the driver was Squirrel.

33432 writes:

I hope that they had some insurance to cover the losses. Farming is tough enough without someone stealing your crops.

catmando writes:

It was Boris Badnakoff and Natasha, time for Super Squirrel to crack the case. What makes them think the guy was really Russian? That accent is pretty easily adopted. "Wodka be wery gut...see?

Raven1 writes:

How does one squirrel away 80,000 pounds of nuts?

FarNorCalCannaCare writes:

in response to mdmeyer:

How many more stories will we have to read about walnuts and crime before people understand that they go hand in hand?

ahhahhhahahaha too funny matt.

Boonyratt writes:

in response to thumper6977:

Simple, his cohort gave him the load info, PU numbers and delivery address. Happens all the time...

OR, some nitwit talking to another driver over the CB gave out the info as to where he was going and somebody overheard the conversation and relayed that information to the thief.

And that's why you run CSA scores, MC Numbers, credit references, etc.

stevezmom writes:

in response to miahmacdougal:

"the driver is described as about 6 feet, 2 inches, and weighing 198 pounds" - How do you get such a precise description?

LOL I didn't catch that!

davenjan writes: 1

What a poorly worded phrase:"...the driver of a white semi with a Russian accent picked up the load on Oct. 19th.". Unless the white semi had a Russian accent, I think what you meant was " A white semi, driven by a man with a Russian accent, was used to pick up the load on Oct. 19th.".

AnnOconnor writes:

It took balls to steal all those nuts.

AnnOconnor writes: 1

in response to davenjan:

What a poorly worded phrase:"...the driver of a white semi with a Russian accent picked up the load on Oct. 19th.". Unless the white semi had a Russian accent, I think what you meant was " A white semi, driven by a man with a Russian accent, was used to pick up the load on Oct. 19th.".

Keep it up and and you may be replacing RS's Texas editor with local talent!

Universal writes:

It's probably Romney, this time, working for the Russian Mafia.

kevco writes:

I love that a local article got picked up by Drudge, except that they linked to a third party news site rather than Redding.com.

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