Man indicted after oyster thefts

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Yarmouth man has been indicted for stealing more than $40,000 worth of oysters and equipment from oyster-farming beds in Dennis and Barnstable last summer.

A Barnstable County grand jury on Friday indicted Michael Bryant on charges of larceny, shellfish violations, shellfishing in a contaminated area and commercial fishing license violation. The indictment occurred the day that restaurant owner Joseph Vaudo pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property from Bryant.

The Cape Cod Times ( ) reports that the 62-year-old Vaudo was ordered to pay $6,250 in fines and court costs. Barnstable police Lt. Sean Balcom says the businessman may have additional problems with his permits to buy shellfish and operate his wholesale and retail business.

No date has been set for the arraignment of 37-year-old Bryant.

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