4 suspects charged in theft of 40,000 oysters in Florida

Posted at 12:55 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 13:00:08-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say four people, including a mother and son, are facing charges for the theft of 40,000 oysters from a lease belonging to a commercial fishing company.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials in Pensacola said this week that the four suspects tried to sell the oysters in a nearby county.

FWC spokeswoman Rebekah Nelson says a search of one of the suspects' home uncovered 4,000 of the oysters.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that an Auburn University lab analysis confirmed they came from a lease belonging to the Pensacola Bay Oyster Co. The oysters went missing last month.

The suspects face charges ranging from felony grand theft and dealing in stolen property to misdemeanor criminal mischief.