Cape Sable Island lobster theft leaves owners feeling 'violated'

The president of a lobster processor on Nova Scotia's southwestern tip says she feels "violated" after 48 crates containing more than 2,100 kilograms of live lobster were stolen from her facility last week.

RCMP investigation into live lobster heist continues

Last week, 48 crates each containing 45 kilograms of lobster were stolen from an outdoor pound on Cape Sable Island belonging to Fishermen's Premium Atlantic Lobster Inc. (CBC)

The president of a lobster processor on Cape Sable Island on Nova Scotia's southwestern tip says she feels "violated" after 48 crates containing more than 2,100 kilograms of live lobster were stolen from her facility last week. 

The lobster was taken on Jan. 15 from an outdoor pound belonging to Fisherman's Premium Atlantic Lobster Inc. The company pegs the value at around $38,000. 

"We here at Fishermen's Premium feel violated, hurt and concerned by the crime," wrote company president Erica Smith in a statement to CBC. 

Smith said all the stolen lobsters were the property of her business. The fishermen who caught it were already paid in full, Smith said. 

"I am a strong believer that bad situations and events happen in life. This is inevitable," she said. "However it's how we deal with the bad situation and events that make us stronger and better people."

The lobster theft is a tough hit for the business. Fishermen's Premium opened only a year and a half ago.

Police say the investigation into the lobster heist is ongoing.

It's the second lobster theft in two months. In December, 14 crates containing 600 kilograms of lobster were stolen from a secure compound on Morris Island near Yarmouth.

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Paul Palmeter is an award-winning video journalist born and raised in the Annapolis Valley. He has covered news and sports stories across the province for 25 years.


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