Location: Touchstone Pistachio Company

Incident Date: 6-18-21

City: Terra Bella

Posted by: Media Relations

During the month of June, a routine audit by the Touchstone Pistachio Company revealed that approximately 42,000 pounds of pistachios were missing. On June 17, the TCSO Ag Crimes Unit were contacted and requested to investigate the theft.


Yesterday, 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 2000  pound sacks into smaller bags for re-sale.

The remaining pistachios were returned to the Touchstone Pistachio Company.


 34-year-old Alberto Montemayor 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 TCSO@tipnow.com.