Birds killed, sea turtle nests intentionally damaged in Manatee County

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Authorities are looking for two people who intentionally drove over sea turtle nests and killed birds on Anna Maria Island.

Detectives say a couple was driving recklessly and purposely targeted loggerhead sea turtle nests. They killed two shore birds and injured another and at least five nests are damaged.

It happened Saturday at 10:30 p.m. from Bradenton Beach to Holmes Beach.

Detectives think the man and woman are in their teens or late 20's and were driving a 4-wheeler or gas powered golf cart.

If caught, they face a federal and state charge including animal cruelty, destroying a sea turtle nest and killing a protected species.