Madison
50° F
Light Rain
Light Rain
Advertisement

Thieves steal nearly $400K worth of walnuts

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:25:24 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 09:01:43 AM CST
Walnuts

FreeImages.com/cristina miguel

Thieves recently made off with a shipment of walnuts valued at nearly $400,000.

Authorities in Escalon, Calif. say this theft, estimated to be about 140,000 pounds, is one of the biggest nut heists in history, reported The Associated Press.

The thieves cut through the fence of a large facility and made off with several truckloads of walnuts. Authorities say rising prices is what appears to be driving the rash of recent thefts, which have prompted walnut orchard-owners to implement more security measures.

Advertisement
  • PHOTOS: Madison store helps collect hundreds of Teddy bears for police

    MADISON, Wis.--A west Madison store is part of an effort to collect hundreds of stuffed animals to donate to six police departments in Southern Wisconsin.

    Todd Merryfield, owner of The Learning Shop at 714 S. Gammon Road, said the store is collecting the bears for officers who use them to help comfort children with whom police come in contact.

    "This is a great way to support what (police) do," Merryfield said. "Those are the kids that need something like this to reassure them, calm them down, and let them know that things are all right."

    Nearly 500 plush animals were donated Tuesday, a Learning Shop spokeswoman said. The Madison store's effort is part of a larger initiative through the Bears for Humanity organization. 

    Photos by Doug Wahl

  • Passport

    RandyHarris/iStock

    Mistakes people make when moving abroad

    Moving abroad? Realtor.com has put together a list of six mistakes people make when they're moving abroad. Click through, so you don't make the same mistakes during your move.

  • Hannah McClung

    PHOTOS: Med Flight called to crash on Highway 12

    The westbound lanes of Highway 12 were closed for nearly an hour Tuesday afternoon between Parmenter Street and County Road K near Middleton because of a crash.

Advertisement