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Two Anne Arundel County Men Jailed For Stealing Crabs From Watermen

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PASADENA, Md. - Two Anne Arundel County men will spend 30 days in jail for stealing from the crab pots of commercial watermen, a district court judge ruled Friday.

John Allen Schuman, 37, of Pasadena, was found guilty of six charges stemming from his arrest on Sept. 15 off Bodkin Point at the mouth of the Patapsco River, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Leslie Eugene Jenne III, 31, also of Pasadena, was found guilty of two charges of illegal crabbing for his role in the same incident. Jenne was still on probation after being convicted of second-degree assault in July 2014, police said.

NRP Superintendent Col. George F. Johnson IV thanked the watermen and residents who provided tips to officers and filed reports that led to the conviction of both men.

“These two men were stealing from hard-working watermen and depriving them of their livelihoods,” he said. “This is a classic example how, working together, we can bring law-breakers to justice.”

According to watermen, Schuman and Jenne's theft contributed to $6,400 in loss over a two-month period.

The complaints began in July, officers say, when watermen first reported their crabpots being opened, damaged and emptied, in some cases more than twice a week. At first, the NRP were unable to track the thieves by conducting surveillance of the shoreline waters between Bodkin Point and Gibson Island.

That changed when locals noticed an unlit boat returning to Bodkin Creek late at night several times a week. One such tip included a boat registration number that was assigned to Schuman.

On September 15, NRP officers intercepted his boat and questioned Schuman about the thick coating of mud and algae smeared on the vessel's hull and deck. The officers were suspicious of Schuman's story and returned five crabs from a crabpot on his boat back to state waters.

The following day, five watermen reported another 43 fished pots.

Thanks to the time stamps on photos on Schuman's Facebook profile, the NRP learned that he had been stealing the watermen's crabpots.

Officers charged him with removing crabs from someone else's pot, theft, recreational crabbing after hours, failing to have a recreational license, failing to have a registration in his possession, recreational possession of a female crab and operating without proper running lights.

Jenne was charged with theft and recreational crabbing after hours.

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