After stealing 90 pounds of sand from Sardinia, A French couple is going through years of jail time. The Italian island recognized for its pleasant beaches. The alleged culprits were given reason to police that, they were taking the sand home because they wanted to keep it as a “memory.
Two French citizens poured beach sand into 14 plastic bottles from Chia, a beach in southern Sardinia, and put them in the trunk of their SUV. The couple wished to take it home as a memory of their trip but caught on a ferry on the way to Toulon, France.
The couple was charged with criminal theft under aggravated circumstance for stolen property from a public beach. They face between one and six years behind the jail, according to the report.
Sand theft is an increasing concern on the island. Tourists bottle the sand up to the sale on online sites.
“Sandy beaches are one of the main attractions of Sardinia,” a local environmental scientist informed the news channel. “There are two threats: one is due to erosion, which is partly natural and partly induced by the rising sea level due to climate change; the second is sand stealing by tourists.”
A 2017 law made the trade-in sand, pebbles, and shells illegal and punishable with fines of up to $3,300.