- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - Police say they know who stole more than $40,000 worth of oysters and equipment from oyster-farming beds in Dennis and Barnstable last summer.

Barnstable police Lt. Sean Balcom says the suspect was caught in the act, but police are still putting together their case and are not quite ready to publicly identity him.

Balcom tells the Cape Cod Times (https://bit.ly/1b4chXp ) that police were tipped off to the identity of the poacher by an informant.

Last summer’s raids began with a hit at Crowes Pasture in Dennis in early June and continued through July at the Marstons Mills River oyster beds in Barnstable. Several different oyster farmers were victimized.

Health officials were concerned at the time of the thefts that the suspect was not subject to safety and hygiene standards.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodonline.com


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