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Tybee beachgoers react to viral beach video

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

A new Youtube video has a lot of people talking on the WTOC Facebook page, showing a man in New Smyrna Beach, FL who caught what appears to be two women stealing his family's belongings at the beach, and the man videotaped the whole thing on his smart phone.

There is no doubt the two ladies were caught red-handed, but were they confused or really trying to steal the man's giant canopy?

We may never really know, but most people are of the opinion they were trying to steal it.

A father who goes by Flicky Rich on Youtube posted the video after the Fourth of July. His run in with the two women attracted hundreds of shares and comments and thousands of likes on Facebook, and the encounter didn't end will when the suspects got aggressive, shouting obscenities at Rich.

"That was kind of strange. That was interesting," said Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman after he was shown the video.

But Buelterman said he could see this happening on Tybee, and it does happen.

"I wasn't necessarily surprised," he said. "That kind of think happens at beach communities all over the country."

Some other Tybee visitors gave their take on the bathing suit beach thieves on Tuesday.

"He's a father and has children, and that's sad," said Derek Levy. "It's funny, but it's sad."

"I think it's kind of crazy," said Verna Slaughter. "Two little old ladies stealing people's beach stuff?"

When asked if she thought there was any confusion, or if the women knew what they were doing, Slaughter replied, "I think they knew it wasn't their stud, and then they tried to change it up at the end, but they knew it wasn't theirs."

Mayor Buelterman said the video should also serve as a reminder to not leave your belongings or canopies unattended at the beach.

"I know some people leave them up, and sometimes overnight, even though they aren't supposed to," said Buelterman. "That just invites criminal activity."

The women in the video were not arrested, and Rich did not press charges. He felt the public shaming was enough punishment.

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