LFS Owner Busted Stealing Rock from Ocean

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Oops! Guess he didn't want to deal with the middle man anymore! :eek:

    http://www.thewpbfchannel.com/news/3435307/detail.html

    Man Arrested For Allegedly Gathering Rocks
    POSTED: 3:59 pm EDT June 18, 2004

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A local man has been arrested for stealing rocks.

    Police said Lawrence Beckman was caught this week taking live rock.

    Beckman admitted to stealing the live rock, which is protected under both state and federal law because it is important to the ecosystem.

    "There's just no number you can put on how many quadrillion tons of itthere is out there," Beckman said. "There's just no number."

    "We came out here, set up surveillance, and when the boat loaded up, westopped him, did an inspection and found 168 pounds of live rock sealed in a compartment on the boat," said Lt. Chris Sella of the Florida Fish Wildlife Commission.

    Officials said the rocks were worth about $700. Beckman faces a $500 fine. If he was determined to have been collecting the rock in federal waters, the fine jumps to $10,000.
     
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  3. omard

    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    Glad to see there is somebody "watching"...

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  4. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    True.
    Nice eye Omar. ;D