An increase in agriculture related cybercrime is stressing the need to be familiar with technology in the industry.
A recent high-value crime in the Central Valley has re-engaged a focus on agriculture theft. Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux says this type of cybercrime is nothing new to the industry; however, the magnitude is increasing, further stressing the need for the industry and law enforcement to understand how it’s being done.
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The Ag Crimes Unit is currently investigating a high-dollar theft of loads of pistachios from local nut companies. A sophisticated crime ring is hitting tree nut handlers by using shipping information obtained by hacking a Department of Transportation database, stealing trucking company identification, etc. Three facilities have been hit in recent weeks. Suspect ties are to an organized crime ring out of Los Angeles. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact Tulare County Sheriff’s Office AG Crimes Detectives at 559-735-1853. Find out more about the Tulare County Sheriff Department.