French Couple Faces up to 6 Years in Prison for Stealing Sand From Sardinia

Sardinian authorities say they found 90 pounds of white sand stashed in the couple's SUV.

A French couple faces years behind bars after authorities accused them of stealing more than 90 pounds of white sand from Chia, a beach in southern Sardinia.

The semi-autonomous island — known for its picturesque Mediterranean beaches — strictly protects its coastlines, and police caught up with the alleged thieves on a ferry headed to France.

Fourteen bottles filled with the rare sand were found in the back of their SUV, and the couple told police they wanted to keep it as a “souvenir.”

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 CBS News.


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