For the past few years the social networking site Facebook has become a multi-national hotspot for hanging out and the most popular way to waste your time. Not only that, a recent case shows that the website has become an online black market.
18 year old Adam Steff decided it would be a great idea to kidnap an endangered tortoise from Woburn Safari Park near Milton Keynes. Flo, the tortoise, was the only female among four male tortoises of the same species in the safari park. Since they were a rare Seychelles species, the park staff was hoping to breed them, until their only female was stolen by the teenager. Adam sold the tortoise for £30 on Facebook without knowing her real value, which was estimated to be £2,000.
The police were able to catch Adam since he had left a beer bottle at the crime scene and the officers found a DNA match from his saliva. Steff was fined £60, sentenced to 80 hours of community service and forced to abide to a two-month curfew. Flo was returned to the park and was able to recover.