An East Dennis oyster farmer is offering up a reward for help finding thieves who have been targeting area oyster farms on the Cape.
John Lowell is offering up $1,000 for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the poachers. In recent weeks, thieves have made off with more than $40,000 in oysters and oyster farming equipment in the tidal flats off Crowes Pasture.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mary Blake reports
- Oyster Farmer Offers Reward
The most recent theft occurred last Tuesday. Someone made off with 12,000 oysters worth up to $10,000. Lowell says the thieves weren’t shy.
“We found shells and it would appear they set themselves up a mini raw bar after the caper,” Lowell said.
Lowell hasn’t had anything stolen from him personally, but has seen several of his fellow oyster farmers become victims.
“You’re putting a tremendous hardship on some very hardworking men and women,” he said in a message directed toward the thieves. “It takes 3 years for us to grow these things. When you steal our harvest, you’re stealing our livelihood.” More....