Dennis police search for suspect in oyster theft

Suspect made off with over $7,000 in live oysters

DENNIS - Dennis police are searching for the suspect or suspects who stole more than 12,000 oysters from the tidal flats at Crowes Pasture. According to Dennis Police Captain William Monahan, the theft of 40 plastic cages holding the oysters was reported by their owner James Ward of South Dennis this past weekend.

Mr. Ward has one of the farm grants in that area. Each of the 3' W x 3' L x 3" H cages held approximately 300 legal size oysters, according to police.  Mr. Ward told police that the theft had occurred sometime between Wednesday, July 17 and Friday, July 19.

The cages are valued at $1,600 and the oysters have a wholesale value of $7,200, police said. 

Mr. Ward is the proprietor of Cape Cod Bay Oysters.

Anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the suspect is asked to call Det. Matt Turner at 508-394-1315.


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