A man was charged after allegedly being caught on video destroying between $8,000-$12,000 worth of lobsters at a seafood market in the Cape Cod town of Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Joseph Vaudo was charged with one count of vandalizing property and one count of using another’s commercial dumpster after he destroyed a tank of lobsters at Superior Lobster and Seafood last week, police said.

Vaudo was allegedly caught on surveillance video turning off the compressor and oxygen supply to the store’s live seafood tank. Sandwich police also said Vaudo illegally dumped trash in the market’s commercial dumpster.

Public records show Vaudo was the former owner of a seafood market, Mr. Vaudo’s Fish Market, where the Superior Lobster and Seafood is currently located. Vaudo filed for bankruptcy in 2019, according to public records.

Mr. Vaudo listed phone number was disconnected and he did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News on Tuesday.

He was in court Monday but pleaded not guilty and was issued a $1,000 bail, as reported by NBC Boston.



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