By definition, a beach theft is an unauthorized and illegal removal of huge quantities of sand from a beach such that the beach is partially or fully effectively gone. While sand stealing is something that apparently happens frequently, actual beach theft is so rare that only two instances of it have been recorded.
The main reason it is so rare is because it is so incredibly difficult to pull off (it’s also kind of pointless). One of these two happened in Jamaica back in 2008. The beach at Coral Springs in Trelawny was comprised of 400 meters of white sand. Nearly all the beach was missing in July of that year. It’s estimated that it took 500 truckloads to carry away all the sand.
Sand theft is fairly common in Jamaica, as sand is in demand as a construction material in places where it is tradition for people to build their own homes. An investigation was carried out with forensic specialists and even the Prime Minister taking interest, but no leads surfaced.
The other instance was in 2007, in Hungary. Thieves stole hundreds of tons of sand from an artificial beach alongside the river Mindszentas. Because Hungary is landlocked, there aren’t any natural beaches. There are many built artificially on the banks of rivers, however.
During the winters, these beaches are covered with tarpaulin and closed. It was in September of 2007 when an owner drove by and realized the beach was gone. In this case, all that was left was mud. Again, no culprit was ever discovered.