Suspected egg thieves on the Western Isles this weekend

A message has gone out on Twitter this evening alleging that two apparently ‘known’ egg thieves have arrived in the Western Isles, potentially targeting eagle eggs.

The origin of this alert is a Scottish journalist’s blog: see here.

According to that blog, the information has come from an un-named RSPB officer, who claims to have been given information from the RSPB’s Investigations Team. 

Three days ago it was announced that the National Wildlife Crime Unit had launched this year’s Operation Easter, aimed at targeting egg thieves and also those who steal chicks for selling on (illegally) to unscrupulous falconers (see here for a press release from the Scottish Government). Although last year the NWCU said that the number of known egg thieves has dropped to ‘an all-time low’ (see here).

Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a police-led website to verify the details of any reported suspects so it’s not known how accurate the information is relating to the two alleged egg thieves reportedly in the Western Isles this weekend. However, if you see suspicious activity, you should report it immediately.

2 Responses to “Suspected egg thieves on the Western Isles this weekend”

  1. 1 Dave Dick
    March 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Lets hope these eggers dont pick up on this internet activity..they will just move to another area..probably using a hire car…

    • 2 Dougie
      April 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Be surprised if they don’t pick it up.
      I think I am right in saying that a car used in egg theft crime can be seized (someone will correct me if that is wrong) so the car in question is probably hired (It is very new. Who would buy a new car and risk getting it seized).

      Other thing about this is that when publishing such things the facts need to be cast iron and beyond any doubt or innocent people may get targetted, which is inexcusable, and the lawyers will be sharpening their quills.

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