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 .