Suspect Busted With 107 Stolen Sea Turtle Eggs

Officers say Florida man was taking them as the turtle was laying them
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2016 7:39 AM CDT
Suspect Busted With 107 Stolen Sea Turtle Eggs
Officer with the stolen eggs.   (Flickr/ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

Jupiter is the big story in the news today, but Jupiter Island, Fla., is making headlines, too, for an entirely different reason, WJXT reports. Per a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Facebook post, a report came in about someone taking sea turtle eggs from a beach behind a local home, so cops started patrolling the area. Sure enough, officers say they spotted a man a few days later lifting eggs from a female loggerhead turtle as she was actually laying them. When police arrested him, they say he had a grand total of 107 eggs in his possession.

The suspect, IDed as 49-year-old Glenn Robert Shaw by the Palm Beach Post, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on a third-degree felony charge, which could earn him up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. As for the eggs, 92 were reburied in the hopes they'll still hatch, while 15 were kept as evidence and for DNA testing. (A Florida woman was arrested last year for riding a sea turtle.)

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