KFI: Couple Faces Up To Six Years In Jail For Stealing Sand From Italian Beach
A French couple is facing up to six years in jail after Italian authorities accused them of stealing sand from the picturesque beaches of Sardinia. The couple told authorities they did not realize they had broken the law by filling plastic bottles with the white sand.
Officials noticed the stolen sand in the couple’s car during a routine check while they were waiting for a ferry. They discovered 14 bottles that were filled with 88 pounds of sand. The couple was charged with aggravated theft and faces a fine of $3,300 and up to six years behind bars. Officials do not believe the couple’s claim they were unaware of the law, pointing out various signs posted in multiple languages that advise tourists the sand must stay on the beach.