Officials in Crimea are warning people to stop stealing sand from tourist beaches, or else face a prison sentence.
The peninsula’s beaches are being targeted by people who remove the sand for use as free building material, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports. At more remote beaches it’s being taken away by the lorry-load, the paper says.
“Everyone we catch at this needs to be prosecuted,” says Sergei Aksyonov, prime minister of Crimea’s Russian-backed government. “When people are stealing sand in broad daylight, what exactly are we doing about it?” According to the Tass news agency, Mr Aksyonov wants to get Russia’s FSB – the successor agency to the KGB – involved to help catch them.
Sand theft can hit local authorities finances hard. In February, a group of builders were charged with illegally removing more than 1bn roubles-worth ($15.4m; £10.6m) near Moscow.
Think about it – no-one thinks anything about keeping a pen they’ve borrowed from someone else – and most people don’t get all upset about someone borrowing a pen but not returning it. Heck, that’s even been the basis of a comedy sketch:
People always forget to return them, and accumulate them from everywhere, and few people have any qualms about lending them to others, even though oftentimes, that means they won’t ever get them back; few care…
An 82-year-old woman is facing a larceny charge after she was caught trying to steal a bottle of “Sexiest Fantasies” body spray from a CVS pharmacy near her Georgia home, police report.
Anneliese Young, the accused octogenarian, was collared when a store worker spotted her placing the item inside her purse. Young then walked out of the Augusta business without paying for the $7.39 body spray, according to a police report.