No Need to Steal Crabs

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Trevor Jones of St. Augustine is going to be paying more for his crab dinner than most people. Jones was stealing crabs from commercial crabber pots. He was caught throwing a crab trap back into the water by Officer Mike Florence and Lt. George Pottorf. They saw Jones throw over the trap and went to investigate, which is normal. All recreational crab traps require a large R on the side as well as several other requirements. This was a commercial trap, which means Jones was stealing from someone's livelihood. Also when throwing back the traps there is not a lot of care put into placement, so the trap's position may be useless in catching crabs. The officers took the trap as evidence against Jones. Jones did not have a commercial crab license, nor did he have a recreational saltwater fishing license, which is all one needs to trap for recreation in Florida.

Jones was booked into the Putnam County jail Sept. 15, charged with theft from a blue crab trap, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Jones faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. To report crab trap robbers and other violations, please call the 24-hour Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest. From Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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hunter25's picture

It's amazing the things

It's amazing the things people will do even when they know the penalties can be so extreme. Like the others have said the out put to catch your own crabs is not too bad and the process is pretty simple. I playes with some crab traps this last May and it's pretty easy. They even have some some small one you can cast out on a fishing pole and catch one at a time. Obviously not doing it the right way is gonna cost him a lot more than it would have otherwise. 

deerhunter30's picture

Why would someone want to

Why would someone want to take the chance of getting caught stealing rather than just getting his own crab traps and catching some himself. I guess some people are just lazy or feel the need to steal or just do something illegal.

I hope this guy gets put in jail for a little while so he has some time to think about what he did and maybe he will take some initiative to get out there and do it himself.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Yeah this guys seems like he

Yeah this guys seems like he definetly needs some time behind bars.  Going to jail for something like that is just crazt, especially when you it does not take to much to get out there and do it yourself.  Alomst goes along the lines of poaching.  Yet again another good time to make an example out of someone.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Man, risking a felony

Man, risking a felony conviction, just for a couple of crabs?  Something that you can pay a small amount for a license, and catch them yourself?  My guess is the guy isn't too bright.

I hope they give him a nice little sentence, or at least a huge fine.  I know it's not like he was poaching trophy deer or elk, but the idea is still the same.