ESCALON — San Joaquin County sheriffs officials on Friday were seeking the publics help in finding who stole three double semitrailers filled with nearly $400,000 worth of walnuts.
The trailers were stolen sometime between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.
The walnuts belonged to Gold River Orchards, and the trailers, referred to as hoppers, were parked in the southeast yard of the business in the 18400 block of Enterprise Road in Escalon.
Sheriffs officials said there were an estimated 140,060 pounds of walnuts in the trailers. They said the walnuts are valued at $2.70 per pound, which brings the total value of the walnuts to $378,162.
The stolen trailers were leased to Gold River Orchards from Tuff Boy Leasing.
The thief or thieves apparently entered the yard by cutting wood posts on the south fence, according to sheriffs investigators. They said that tire tracks on the property indicate the trailers were driven south along the fence and onto Highway 120.
Investigators ask anyone with information to call the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department at (209) 468-4414, Tipsters can also remain anonymous by texting a tip to 274637. In the message area, type SJSO, a space and then your tip.