MONROE, Ga. (AP) -- Sheriff's departments across Georgia say they're investigating cases of pecan thefts in recent months, as wholesale prices for pecans have risen dramatically.
Some farmers have set up surveillance cameras around their orchards. A few have hired security guards to patrol their properties 24 hours a day.
In south Georgia, farmers have reported seeing people using rakes to pick up the nuts and dump them into pickup trucks.
Authorities tell WSB-TV the thefts are not limited to large orchards in south Georgia.
In Walton County, just east of Atlanta, the sheriff's office has had three theft cases reported in past couple of weeks. Edwin Adcock said a group of adults with five-gallon buckets was recently spotted scouring his family's Walton County pecan trees, stealing as many nuts as they could.