By Kenneth Garger. A French couple was arrested for stealing 88 pounds of protected white sand from an Italian beach while on vacation, according to a report. Italian police in Porto Torres spotted the haul stuffed inside 14 plastic bottles while conducting routine checks on cars waiting to board ferries to France, the report said. The thieves claimed they were unaware it was a crime to remove the white sand, despite a number of signs in multiple languages warning against doing so. Read Next. Right to bare boobs: Topless advocates take battle to Supr This story has been shared , times. Total cases globally: , Deaths: 4, View author archive Get author RSS feed.
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A French couple is facing years of jail time after stealing almost 90 pounds of sand from Sardinia, the Italian island known for its picturesque beaches. The alleged thieves told police they were taking the sand home because they wanted to keep it as a "souvenir," Italian media reported Monday. According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, two French citizens poured white sand into 14 plastic bottles from Chia, a beach in southern Sardinia, and put them in the trunk of their SUV. The couple wanted to take it home as a memory of their vacation, but instead were caught on a ferry en route to Toulon, France. The pair was charged with theft under aggravated circumstance for having stolen from a public beach. They face between one and six years of jail time, according to the report. Sand theft is a growing concern on the island. Tourists bottle the sand up to then auction on online sites, BBC reports. Couple accused of stealing Italian sand. Sign up for Breaking News Alerts Be in the know.
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Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — We've all been tempted to bring a little bit of paradise home from our holidays. But the urge has backfired on a French couple, who are facing up to six years in prison for removing sand from a beach in Sardinia , where they had been on vacation. The Italian island's white sand is protected, and tourists face fines and even jail time for removing it from local beaches -- but the couple say they did not realize they were committing a crime. Police in the northern city of Porto Torres found the sand while making routine checks on cars waiting to board a ferry to Toulon in southern France. They spotted some bottles filled with sand through the window of the car, and arrested the couple, a man and woman in their 40s, police told CNN. Overall, 14 plastic bottles containing around 40 kilograms 88 pounds of white sand were seized, police said. Police seized 14 bottles containing around 40 kilograms of sand. Police told CNN that the tourists said they were unaware of the laws about removing sand, but noted that the island's beaches have signs in several languages informing visitors.
A French couple could face up to six years in jail after they were caught with 40kg of sand from a beach in Sardinia in their car. The bottles were found by police in the boot of their vehicle when they were getting on the ferry back to France. Italian news agency Ansa said they face a theft charge, with the aggravating circumstance of having stolen an asset destined for public utility. A Facebook page called "Sardinia robbed and plundered" was set up by locals there in to share accounts of sand being stolen, two years before the new law came into force.