Pro Tip: Don’t ride a sea turtle or you’ll be thrown in jail

Written by on September 29, 2015 in Critter Crimes - No comments

Police in Florida have now arrested a woman for allegedly abusing sea turtles earlier this summer.

In July, images of two women sitting on, or riding, sea turtles surfaced outraging conservationists and animal lovers.

“These pictures flooded social media networks and eventually multiple complaints were forwarded to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who handled the criminal investigation,” the Melbourne Police Department posted on Facebook.

On Saturday, officers from the department were called to a disturbance in progress at the 600 Block of Espanola Way at 4:52 a.m. While on scene, police encountered a person who was subject to a felony warrant related to the act of “possess, sell, molest marine turtle or eggs nest.”

Police identified the suspect as 20-year-old Stephanie Marie Moore. She was arrested, taken to the Brevard County Jail and held on  $2,000 bond.

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The Sea Turtle Conservancy said Melbourne, Florida is one of the most important nesting beaches in the world.

“The incident occurred this summer but she was just finally found and arrested several days ago. We are very happy justice has been served!” the group noted on Facebook.

Photo Melbourne Police Department/Facebook

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