Two shipments of walnuts — one bound for Florida, the other headed to Texas — left California this month, but never reached their final destinations. They were stolen, and authorities believe the pair of high-nutrient heists were carried out by the same suspect.
A freight company reported their missing nuts to officials in Tehama County when a shipment failed to show in Miami. Days earlier, an unidentified imposter took off with a different, Texas-bound load.
According to one of the nut-deprived companies, the man who picked up their would-be product was not the person hired for the job, reports Redding's Record Searchlight.
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.
Deputies say the driver was successful in stealing the nuts because he was able to produce accurate purchase numbers for the orders. They have not named a suspect, but have released a description:
- 6 feet, 2 inches
- 198 pounds
- "very distinctive Russian accent"
The missing shipments are estimated to be worth a combined $300,000.