Ex-soldier jailed for stealing rare falcon eggs


LONDON — A former special forces soldier was jailed Thursday for attempting to sneak out of Britain with a stash of 14 rare peregrine falcon eggs hidden in socks strapped to his body.

Jeffrey Lendrum, 48, was trying to get to Dubai, where falconry is a national sport and such eggs can fetch 5,000 pounds ($11,000) each on the black market. He was caught when a cleaner spotted him behaving suspiciously in a business class lounge at Birmingham International Airport on May 3.

Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/08/19/1308135/ex-uk-soldier-jailed-for-stealing.html#ixzz0xAkq7HCA

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