California detectives stop theft of almonds worth $100K

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A California county's sheriff's detectives arrested one man for attempting to steal $100,000 worth of almonds, Thursday.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit was originally contacted by a representative of Inland Express, after they contracted with a company to transport the almonds from Sunny Gem in Wasco to North Carolina.

Inland Express officials said they believed the company they contracted with to haul the almonds was a fraudulent company attempting to steal the load of almonds.

Once detectives arrived to Sunny Gem, they said they found Francisco Javier Lopez Martinez with a semi-truck and trailer.

Detectives said they found out that Martinez had a fake driver’s license, fake immigration documents, fake company emblems on his semi-truck, and a stolen license plate on his trailer.  Detectives determined Martinez was not going to transport the almonds to the buyer in North Carolina and was attempting to steal $100,000 worth of almonds. 

Martinez was arrested and booked into the Central Receiving Facility on charges of possession of false documents, grand theft, forged seals, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and forgery.

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