A rash of almond and walnut thefts in California this year gives a whole new meaning to the term “health nut.” The popularity of some nuts, including almonds and walnuts, has drawn the attention of criminals eager to cash in on the current demand for the kernels, which has skyrocketed since they've been allowed to carry a qualified health claim approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Similarly, they're used as a critical ingredient in many healthful snacks. “Almonds have always ...

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