PETA offers $5,000 reward for help finding sea lion pup-nappers

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A baby sea lion found hiding behind a bush after its sibling was stolen from Dockweiler State Beach is shown in the photo on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
A baby sea lion found hiding behind a bush after its sibling was stolen from Dockweiler State Beach is shown in the photo on Sunday, April 19, 2015.
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DOCKWEILER BEACH, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Animal rights organization PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the four people accused of stealing a sea lion pup from Dockweiler Beach.

On Sunday, a witness told authorities that two women and two men in their 20s were harassing two sea lion pups, before wrapping one in a blanket, stuffing it in the trunk and driving away.

The witness described the car as a black two-door Honda Civic with the last two digits of the California license plate containing the numbers 5 and 6.

Stealing sea lion pups may result in fines of up to $10,000 and one year in jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's hotline at (800) 853-1964.