We all come home from the beach with a bit of sand in our sandals but now a couple from France is in trouble for sifting more than their fair share. Police say the two are facing jail time, accused of trying to steal 90 pounds of sand from a beach in Sardinia, Italy. The couple claims they didn't know that taking the sand was a crime. This is despite the fact that there are signs up and down the beach in multiple languages letting people know that the sand has to stay on the beach. Sand stealing can result in up to six years in prison and trying to sell it could mean fines up to 33-hundred dollars.
According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the pair poured white sand into fourteen plastic bottles from Chia, a beach in southern Sardinia, and put them in the trunk of their SUV. The couple wanted to take it home as a memory of their vacation, but instead was caught on a ferry en route to Toulon, France.
They are charged with theft under aggravated circumstance for having stolen from a public beach. They face between one and six years of jail time. BBC reports that sand theft is a growing concern on the island. Tourists bottle the sand up to then auction on online sites.