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Raccoon steals woman's wallet on Florida beach

Aug. 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM   |   Comments

FORT MYERS, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said a raccoon tried to run off with her wallet while she was visiting the beach with her two daughters.

Danielle Araica said she and her daughters were visiting Bunche Beach in Fort Myers to see a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle named Tampa Red make her expected return home Monday and they were all in the water when Araica spotted a raccoon rifling through her bag, WZVN-TV, Fort Myers, reported Thursday.

"I saw the raccoon in my bag, so I start running like a crazy woman," Araica said.

Arairca said the raccoon ran off with her pink wallet in its mouth, but dropped it in some nearby woods.

A young boy was able to recover the wallet and return it to Araica, she said.

"I have some scratches and holes on my wallet now, but it's back and its safe," Araica said.

Araica said she thinks the wallet theft was suspicious, as there was no food in her bag.

"She knew what she wanted. She went right in there and got it," Araica said. "It was a trained raccoon to go steal money or wallets out of women's bags that was the theory we came up with at the beach."

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