Biggs Nut Heist Tied to SoCal Armenian/Russian Crime Ring

Apr 18, 2013 12:21 AM

Butte County investigators say in late February, Gold State Nut Company in Biggs was expecting a truck to come pick up a delivery of walnuts. The driver was a day late, and someone became suspicious and wrote down the license plate. The walnuts never made it to their destination, so the Butte County Sheriff's Department was called. Investigators traced the plate back to a company in Glendale, and were lead to other companies in Lodi and Van Nuys. They say the companies have Russian and Armenian ties, and they suspect a Tehama County nut heist with similarities were perpetrated by individuals with the same crime ring. The Biggs nut theft resulted in a loss of more than $200,000 worth of stolen goods, and the Tehama nut heist was worth more than $300,000. No suspects have been arrested in connection with either case. The case is now being handled by a cargo theft task force with the California Highway Patrol. The Butte County Farm Bureau and Sheriff's Office are hosting a meeting on May 15, to share safety measure to help prevent future thefts. Stay with Action News for details on that meeting and updates on this investigation.


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