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Raccoon steals woman's purse as she watches turtle release

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Updated: 7/31/2013 10:42 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. (WFTV) -- A sea turtle was set free after being nursed back to health in Fort Myers.

However, while spectators watched it swim away, they missed the thief who was right behind them.

Volunteers and beach-goers were happy to see "Tampa-Red" released into the Gulf Monday.

But a raccoon spoiled the turtle's moment when it stole Danielle Araica's pink clutch purse.

"He stole my wallet and went into the bushes," said Araica."He dropped it, and then I had that little boy go in there and fetch it for me."

Araica said she still had fun at the beach and even gained a new respect for wildlife.
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nativejax - 7/31/2013 4:57 PM
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I heard they are like 'pack rats' in the wild. They grab 'shiny things, scented soaps and candles', to stuff in their nest. Why does a normal person carry a fancy purse like that to the beach anyway?

wishmistress - 7/31/2013 1:12 PM
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TeeHee, Gunny! You can't trust anyone these days. I tell women all the time...DON'T LEAVE YOUR PURSE/BAG UNATTENDED!

Gunny48 - 7/31/2013 12:41 PM
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They work as a team. The turtle fakes being released and while your attention is diverted the masked bandit snatches your purse. Happens all the time...LOL
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