Lovable turtle upstaged by masked bandit
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Upstaged! A lovable sea turtle, that was about to released into the Gulf, got a little competition from a masked bandit on Bunche Beach.
The turtle, named Tampa Red because it was nursed back to health in Tampa after Red Tide nearly killed it, arrived in style at Bunche beach this morning.
It rode down from the Tampa area in a kiddie pool in the back of an SUV.
An ethusiastic crowd greeted the turtle an ancitipation built over its release back into the Gulf.
But, just as it was happening, a masked bandit snuck behind the district crowd and took something from someone's beach bag.
"He stole my wallet and ran into the bushes," said Danielle Araica who was in the water with her girls when she saw the raccoon take her bright pink clutch from her bag.
Fox 4 chief videographer, Curt Tremper, clicked off a few still pictures - catching the raccoon red-handed on film.