It’s easy to picture a burglar — dressed in black and wearing a mask — taking off with precious jewels like pearls. But surprisingly, plenty also take off with oysters.
As Bruce Kennedy of MSN Money recently explained, “Oysters have been growing in popularity with foodies over the past several years … [and] oystering is a labor-intensive and painstaking business.”
No wonder, then, that Cape Cod varieties are being snatched up quite a bit this summer. A few recent example of the thefts:
- 3,000 or so oysters were snatched from an oyster farm in Barnstable, Mass.
- 40,000 oysters were snatched in the weeks leading up to that heist.
- More than 20,000 oysters valued at $15,000 were stolen from another farm in Massachusetts.
- At least four oyster thefts were reported in the area last year.
Considering that an oyster can sell for up to $3.50, you can see why thieves are lining up to snag some … and police are beginning to line up to stop them.