Touchstone Pistachio

Jun 23, 2021
Nut thief nabbed by Tulare County (California) Sheriff’s deputies

Sometimes when businesses lose product they say, “ah nuts” and move on. But when your product is nuts, things are much different.

As reported by the Sun-Gazette in Exeter, California, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) last Saturday, June 19, they arrested an alleged nut thief. The Sheriff’s office issued a statement noting that during the month of June, a routine audit by the Touchstone Pistachio Co. revealed that approximately 42,000 pounds of pistachios were missing.

Also according to the Sun-Gazette report:

On June 17, the TCSO ag crimes unit were contacted and requested to investigate the theft. Investigative leads in Fresno and Kern County discovered the tractor trailer containing the pistachios had been moved from the Montemayor Trucking lot in Delano to a nearby lot. Detectives found that the pistachios were being moved from 2,000-pound sacks into smaller bags for resale.

The remaining pistachios were returned to the Touchstone Pistachio Company. Alberto Montemayor, 34, of Montemayor trucking was arrested and booked in Tulare County. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to


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