19th January 2014
This harvest season in the Central Valley, thieves cut through a fence and hauled off $400,000 in walnuts. Another $100,000 in almonds was stolen by a driver with a fake license. And $100,000 in pistachios was taken by a big rig driver who left a farm without filling out any paperwork.
Investigators suspect low-level organized crime may have a hand in cases, while some pilfered nuts are ending up in Los Angeles for resale at farmers markets or disappear into the black market.
“Disappeared into the black market” is code for “well, we don’t know, so we’ll make up something that sounds ominous”.
Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with the presence in California of vast quantities of sometimes-legal migrants from a country Down There that is legendary for its lawlessness and crime cartels. Perish the thought!