Two companies who recently bought walnuts from Tehama County each reported around 40,000 pounds of the processed nuts stolen in the last two weeks, and deputies are searching for a suspicious delivery driver with a Russian accent who they say is behind it all.
The mystery started Oct. 26, when the Tehama County Sheriff's Office got a call from a freight brokerage firm in Southern California reporting that a truckload of walnuts never got to Miami like it should have two days earlier, deputies said.
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.
(Hat tip to Reason commenter Brett L)