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Swan egg thieves at large, despite arrest

4:52 PM, May 25, 2012   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida -- Police in Lakeland believe there are still swan egg thieves out there, despite the arrest of a man earlier this month.

Authorities say Marcellino Rodriguez admitted to stealing at least two of the eggs. The eggs can sell for $150 to $200 each, but Rodriguez instead scrambled them up to eat.

Read: Marcellino Rodriguez's arrest affidavit (PDF)

But about 20 more eggs had been stolen from nests along the Lake Morton/Lake Mirror area between May 1 and May 2nd, and police say the suspects behind those eggnappings are still at large.

Lakeland's symbol is a swan, and there are about 60 of the birds living along area lakes.

Police ask that if you have information on the egg thefts, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.


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