Los Angeles police officers are reportedly searching for a quartet of Honda-driving California dickheads who harassed a pair of baby sea lions before stealing one off the beach and throwing it in the trunk.

Rude, but why make a federal case out of it, you ask? Because as it turns out, taking cute baby sea lions isn’t just a dick move—it’s also literally a federal offense punishable by up to a year in jail (and a real bad look when potential dates google your name.) Via the Los Angeles Times:

The witness, described as a Los Angeles resident, said he saw two men and two women in their 20s throwing trash, and at one point a concrete cinder block, at two sea lion pups at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, police said. The pups were not injured, he told police.

The witness, who was collecting containers for recycling at the time, saw one woman wrap one of the pups in a comforter and pack the animal in the trunk of a dark-colored Honda Civic, said Lt. Lydia Leos of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Still, an animal rescue spokesperson tells reporters the dickheads might be in peril too—sea lions have notoriously strong bites and apparently carry more bacteria in their mouths than any other mammal.

[screenshot via CBS]

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