Thieves Go Nuts Over Nut and Crop Thefts

As a personal investigator here in Oregon, I get inquiries from all types of human beings asking me to research all type of “things.” I once had a consumer who was satisfied that the Illuminati changed into accountable for the murder of his lady friend. The police had already investigated the case and numerous individuals confessed and have been convicted. But this consumer informed me an difficult and weird tale and wanted me to delve deep into the internal-workings of the Illuminati and discover the real killers.

I also had a patron that become convinced a former business partner became running a massive multi-nation human sex trafficking ring. More than some thing, this patron had an ax-to-grind and desired to “get the evidence” towards his former enterprise associate and turn it over to regulation enforcement as a manner of having-lower back at him.

Then there has been the lady who felt she turned into being focused by using poison gasoline. And there was the case involving a female who become so paranoid that she might only speak to me through peeking out from underneath a blanket that she kept over her head and face always whilst we spoke. I also had a potential purchaser who become convinced that his neighborhood police department become involved in huge-spread electronic surveillance on numerous citizens.

For the file: I typical the Illuminati, sex trafficking, poison gasoline, and top-a-boo case, but referred the person with the electronic eavesdropping concerns to someone who had greater information in digital surveillance counter measures.

With all the “unusual” investigative requests I get, I am seldom surprised. But while a local farmer called me and informed me he was the victim of crop robbery I became intrigued. Crop theft? I had in no way given it a idea before – inform me greater.

Oregon boasts a perfect climate for developing high best hazelnuts and money owed for extra than 90% of the hazelnuts grown within the USA (locals here call them Filberts). Hazelnuts are developing on more than 30,000 acres here in Oregon and the yearly crop price is round ninety MILLION greenbacks. My consumer become a hazelnut farmer who went to check on his discipline to see if it became ready to reap and located that individual(s) unknown had already harvested all the hazelnuts from this 18-acer plot!

Years in the past when I turned into a police officer I as soon as arrested a person for stealing some plastic garbage bags of lawn grass clippings (yep, the stuff that comes out of your garden mower as you mow your garden!)* so I knew that thieves will steal nearly the entirety. But I had in no way heard of a person going through the attempt of harvesting and stealing a farmer’s crop.

Part of investigating this situation changed into teaching myself approximately how hazelnuts are harvested, the gadget needed to harvest a crop, how the nuts are processed, and how they may be usually bought. Along the manner, I learned that crop theft – specially robbery of nuts like walnuts, almonds, and pistachios, is a growing (and really costly) trouble. Have you been to the shop lately and seen what a small bundle of nuts cost?