Thieves steal nearly $400K worth of walnuts

Price of walnuts has more than tripled in recent years

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:25:24 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 10:01:43 AM EST

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.