On February 28, 2013 Gold State Nut Company out of Biggs, CA reported to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office that approximately two-hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) in processed walnuts were stolen from the business. The victim stated the walnuts were picked up by a trucking company secured through a broker but the nuts were never delivered to the buyer. The victim provided the Sheriff’s Office with the license plate of the truck that received the walnuts.
Further investigation by detectives from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office was conducted which led investigators to Glendale, California on March 3, 2013.
On March 14, 2013 Butte County Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant in Glendale, California. Evidence related to this case was seized.
On March 21, 2013 Butte County Sheriff’s detectives conducted follow up investigation in Lodi, California.
On March 22, 2013 Butte County Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant in Van Nuys, California. Evidence related to this investigation was seized.
The assistance of local law enforcement agencies in Southern California was used during the service of the search warrants.
Detectives have learned that the Gold State Nut Company theft was only one out of several cargo thefts being committed by the same group of people. The group appears to be linked to an organized crime ring out of Southern California.
A meeting has been scheduled for May 15, 2013 with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Butte County Farm Bureau to discuss and raise awareness of cargo theft and ways to help prevent future thefts of this nature.
The investigation is ongoing and therefore no further information is available to be released at this time.