South Florida Man Arrested, Charged With Stealing Sea Turtle Eggs From Jupiter Island Beach

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  • A Palm Beach County man was taken into custody after allegedly stealing over 100 sea turtle eggs from a nearby beach.

Wildlife officials in Florida say a man is accused of taking more than 100 loggerheard sea turtle eggs from a beach Jupiter Island.

Glenn Tobert Shaw, 49, of Tequesta, was arrested Friday after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received a tip that someone had been poaching the sea turtle eggs, the agency said in a news release.

Wildlife officers increased patrol in northern Palm Beach County last week after biologists from FWC notified law enforcement of a suspected poacher behind a residence on Jupiter Island. Friday, officers saw Shaw taking eggs from a female adult loggerhead turtle as she was laying them.

The agency said Shaw was found in possession of 107 eggs. Wildlife officers kept 15 as evidence and the remaining eggs were buried on the beach by agency biologists.

He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail and is being held on $3,000 bond. Shaw faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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