Thieves get away with tons of lobster from Cape Sable plant

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Lobster boats head out to lay traps in this Guardian file photo.


CAPE SABLE ISLAND, N.S. - Police are on the lookout for efforts to sell over two tonnes of lobster swiped from a Cape Sable Island storage pound earlier this week.

RCMP Const. Jennifer Botham says 48 crates of the valuable crustaceans, or about 2,200 kilograms, were snatched from one of the community's lobster pens sometime overnight on Tuesday.

At current market prices of about $6.25, that's roughly $30,000 worth of seafood that may be circulating illegally.

Botham says officers are aware the lobsters have a limited shelf life, which puts pressure on the thieves to attempt a rapid sale of the pilfered catch.

The constable says she's asking the public to watch out for people trying to sell an unusually large number of the lobster.

“Watch for people who are trying to move a large quantity,” she said.

“We're talking a lot of lobster to try and keep alive.”

She says there are between 15 to 20 lobster pounds in the Cape Sable Island and the theft is having a significant effect on the community.

“It's their livelihood in that area. It's the industry there,” she said.

Organizations: RCMP Const.

Geographic location: CAPE SABLE ISLAND

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  • Louann
    January 17, 2016 - 15:48

    Big D that's was an intelligent remark lol Appears you have no logic, as in any job there is risk . Would be nice if we all could sit back and collect our Gov't cheque each month ahhh? But, we got to feed you couch potatoes !!!!!!

  • Big Mouth Donnie
    January 16, 2016 - 18:23

    How would they tell the stolen lobster from the off the books cash lobster that many fishermen sell every week .Their is a phenomenal black market for live lobster in Atlantic Canada !!!

    • jrs place
      January 16, 2016 - 21:09

      People on the water work by their own sweat and blood , they deserve the small rewards for the great risks they take . Not just financial risks but their lives are on the line at times . If you know of someone breaking the law report them , stop your whining and grow up .

    • Big D
      January 16, 2016 - 23:41

      @ jrs place Risking their lives? So why do it? Nobody is forcing them to go out and catch a luxury item they alone choose to do it. Stop whining about such foolishness.

  • Linda A
    January 16, 2016 - 14:04

    First the Christmas trees now this. The dirt bags are taking away all of other people's hard work. What a shame.