The Ohio authorities have recently been confronted with one of the most usual theft cases in the last couple of decades. According to the incident’s report, a woman entered the rare butterfly exhibit held over the weekend at the Krohn Conservatory and managed to steal a blue butterfly.
Rare Blue Butterfly Hight Sought on the Black Market
On Sunday, a Krohn Conservatory staff member alerted the authorities after a woman entered the exhibition building and stole a Blue Morpho African Butterfly.
According to the police report and the surveillance tape recovered from the conservatory, a woman dressed in a purple jumpsuit and grey cap entered the rare butterfly exhibit. After spending some time looking at the display cases, the suspect pockets a rare butterfly and heads towards the door.
One of the staff members sees the woman stealing the winged creature and heads over to confront her. However, instead of stopping, the suspect bolts off and manages to escape the building before the authorities could arrive.
Upon questioning the staff members, the authorities discovered that although these thefts are uncommon, rare butterflies can fetch a good price on the black market, being highly sought by artists and collectors.
More than that, according to a Rainforest Alliance spokesperson memorabilia fashioned using the body of a Blue Morpho African Butterfly can be sold for approximately $60 on the Internet.
The rare blue butterfly is easily recognizable as its wings are neon blue, black edges and white dots.
As for the unknows suspect caught stealing the butterfly, the authorities described her as a woman in her 20s, wearing a purple jumper, grey cap, black backpack, and animal print pants. When the staff member saw her stealing the blue butterfly, the woman was carrying a red umbrella.
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