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Police believe P.E.I. fish processor scammed out of load of lobster

Most of the jobs at Riverside Lobster are in the main processing facility and involve handling lobster parts (tails, claws and bodies) and getting them ready for packaging and shipping.
Lobster from a P.E.I. processing plant has gone missing. - Contributed

Shipment bound for U.S. never arrived at its destination

BLOOMFIELD, P.E.I. —

Police are on the lookout for a truckload of P.E.I. lobster that has gone missing.

RCMP Corp. Lisa Jones with the West Prince detachment said a load of lobster left South Shore Seafoods on May 17 destined for Massachusetts, but it never reached its destination.

“It was supposed to be delivered on May 20. They got a call from the customer, saying the shipment didn’t arrive,” said Jones.

The theft was reported to Prince District RCMP on May 21.

The officer said the processor contacted a trucking firm to pick up and deliver the seafood, but when South Shore called the phone number it had on file for the trucking firm, no one was answering and there was no voicemail.

“They were told it was a scam. A subcontractor,” said Jones. “They gave a name and an address, and if you actually look it up, it looks legitimate.”

A manager at the processing plant declined a request for an interview on the matter.

The load left on a semi-trailer bearing Ontario license plates, but even though police have the plate number, it’s not leading them far.

“It’s registered to something else than what it’s supposed to be,” Jones said.

She said police in Ontario are also on the case.

“It’s a trailer of lobster, so it’s very valuable.”

Jones said they are hopeful they can locate the product.

“At this point, we’re seeing if we can find the people and, obviously, insurance is involved, too,” she said.

When contacted by the Journal Pioneer, officials at South Shore Seafoods declined comment.

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