40 Tons of Walnuts
Just before Halloween, over 80,000 pounds of walnuts were stolen from a Northern California company. The nuts were supposed to be bound for Florida and Texas, but according to the Record Searchlight of Redding, Calif., they were driven off with by a man posing as the delivery driver, who even had correct purchase order numbers. The total value of the walnuts was $300,000.
James Dean's Headstone
The headstone of actor James Dean was stolen in 1998. It was recovered two days later when Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Gilman accidentally smashed into it with his car on a country road.
There were no arrests in connection with the theft, so no motive could be discerned, but Lenny Prussack, gift shop manager at the James Dean Memorial Gallery, speculated that "I guess somebody figured they couldn't do anything with it," according to The Associated Press. "You can't exactly show it to your friends."
A collector of exotic animals committed suicide in November 2011, just after releasing dozens of them from his Ohio farm. The animals included bears, lions, tigers and wolves. The lucky ones wound up at the Columbus Zoo, but sadly some were killed to keep the situation under control.
One of the animals in the latter category was loaded into the back of a Jeep Cherokee by five young people, but police stopped them as they were attempting to drive off with it. They hadstolen a dead lion, for reasons that remain undisclosed, according to Reuters.