Thieves make off with live lobsters

Jan. 29, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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YARMOUTH, Nova Scotia, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were searching for 10 crates of live lobsters stolen from a company in Nova Scotia.

Louis Huskins, manager of Huskins Fisheries Ltd. in Woods Harbour near Yarmouth, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Friday the lobsters would have been easy to sell. He said the thieves may simply have broken off the claws and tails and cooked them, holding them on ice until buyers turned up.

The theft occurred on Jan. 20 but was only made public a week later, The Globe and Mail of Toronto said.

Huskins said the missing lobsters were worth about $6,200, with the Canadian dollar almost on par with the U.S. dollar.

The thieves tried several buildings before discovering the lobster holding tank. They also grabbed crates of super-large lobsters.

The last time the company was robbed of lobsters on a large scale was in 1997 when thieves grabbed seven or eight crates of live lobsters and left. This time, they dumped the lobsters from the crates, possibly into a car trunk.

Huskins told CBC police believe a car was used because a truck would be more likely to attract attention. He expects more thefts because of the economic slump.

"It's going to get worse," he said. "They're doing their homework, they're casing everybody, and they're looking at the way they set up and who's around and see there's no houses on the wharf at all."

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