Two brothers charged with stealing crab pots in Currituck Co. Released via bonds estimated at $12,000.00
Two brothers in Currituck CO were caught red handed by Police Fisheries and placed in jail. Their charge: stealing crab pots, and the valuable crabs inside. By cutting the buoy line, these 2 brothers have stolen an estimated $8,500.00 worth of crabs and equipment. Roughly 300 crab traps were reported stolen throughout the season. Local crabbers says that this act is very unethical but is a recurring problem. Every crabber has had their crab traps stolen at lease once in their career. One crabber has lost over fifty traps. Considering that these traps comes with rope, buoy and other small equipment, the crabber states that he has lost over$10,000. That is money out of his pocket that he has to replace to continue his job.
Many crabbers are joyful that the culprit has been caught and states that there could be more than one group. But this arrest would hopefully ward off other crab pot thieves so that the hard working crabbers of Currituck CO can make a living.
After bonding out of jail, these two brothers are out on the lake again. Their bonds were estimated at $12,000.00. The Fish Licensing community did not remove their fishing license which many local crabbers are upset about. For now, local crabbers can only keep a keen eye on their crab cages as a precaution.
Local crabber had many of his buoy lines cut
This local crabber tells the news that he found many of his buoy lines cut. for months, Melvin Lewis and other local crabbers started to notice that their crab pots are going missing. The situation got so serious that the Marine Fisheries got involved and arrested the Jones brothers. What hurts crabbers more is that the Jones brothers are local crabbers themselves.