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Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley reported three Brunswick County residents have been charged with stealing Venus Flytraps.
According to Shirley, at approximately 6 p.m. on April 15, Boiling Spring Lakes police officers were dispatched to the area of Barclay Road after a witness who was walking their dog observed the three subjects acting suspiciously.
As the witness approached the individuals discarded a bag that contained several Venus Flytraps in the edge of the woods, Shirley said.
The witness contacted the police department and officers were able to conduct a traffic stop of the suspects near the area where the bag was recovered.
Officers recovered between 200 and 300 Venus Flytraps from the suspects. The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department is working with the Nature Conservancy to replant the Venus Flytraps, Shirley said.
Myra Lee Lawson, 36, of Wren Place in Shallotte, Betty Ann Hill, 55, of Gary Drive SE in Bolivia and William Lewis Riley, 66, of Gary Drive SE in Bolivia were arrested and is each charged with one count of taking certain wild plants from the land of another.
The suspects are scheduled to appear in court on June 4, 2014.