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Officers catch man pictured disturbing sea turtle nests

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say they got their man. For a week they searched for the man pictured disturbing protected sea turtle nests in Sarasota. The calls came in and they paid off. Officers caught up with 21-year old Kim Raymond Feaste on Sunday morning in Hillsborough County.

They went to his Channelside apartment, and when they arrived they say they found a living sea turtle in an aquarium. They arrested Feaste and he's now facing a third degree felony for possessing that sea turtle. Officer Beryl Martin with FWC says he will also face charges stemming from the Sarasota incident.

"Anytime someone disturbs the nest of any type of animal or takes any kind of animal it's disturbing to myself as well as the department." Said Martin. "We're trying to keep the animals safe and protect any type of endangered species. So any time we can discourage the general public from doing so we're going to. "

Feaste listed a home in Pasco County as his permanent address. A man at that home who identified himself as a family friend says Feaste has always loved animals and this is all just a big misunderstanding.

If convicted on that third degree felony, Feaste could receive five years in Florida State Prison as well as a 5,000 dollar fine. Deputies released him from the Orient Road Jail after he posted a 2,000 dollar bond.

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