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 #239660  by Amx
 Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:23 pm
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
December 11, 2017
Contact: Capt. Dan Chadwick, 360-249-4628
Westport crabber sentenced for stealing commercial pots
OLYMPIA – A Grays Harbor County judge has sentenced a commercial crab fisherman to 90 days of electronic home monitoring and fined him $5,000 for stealing crab pots offshore of Westport, concluding a case that began with an investigation last year by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Larrin Brietsprecher, 57, of Westport, was sentenced Dec. 1 by Grays Harbor County Superior Court Judge Mark McCauley after a jury found him guilty of possessing stolen property and related charges. Beginning May 1, Brietsprecher will be required to remain at home for three months unless he requires medical attention.
WDFW Police Captain Dan Chadwick said the department began its investigation after a deckhand on Brietsprecher's crab boat told officers that his boss directed him to steal crab pots while fishing near Westport.
After obtaining a search warrant, police officers from WDFW and the Quinault Indian Nation seized 32 commercial crab pots from Brietsprecher's gear stack at the Port of Westport and determined that at least 24 of them belonged to other crabbers, Chadwick said.
"A commercial crab pot fully rigged can run $200 to $250, so the loss of multiple pots can really add up," he said. "We appreciate that the Grays Harbor prosecutor's office pursued this case, because it demonstrates that the law extends to ocean waters." Chadwick said the department also appreciated the assistance of the Quinault tribal police.
WDFW currently licenses 223 coastal crab vessels, which landed 16.4 million pounds of Dungeness crab with a dockside value of $52 million during the 2016-17 season.
 #239662  by The Quadfather
 Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:27 pm
Yeah, if I had 3 months to stay at home. I can only think about how much I could get accomplished in my life.
Maybe if he swings it right, his boat can still go out and make money, and he can turn it into a stay-cation. :-"
 #239746  by spokey9
 Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:26 pm
definitely too easy of a sentence. how many crab did he illegally harvest in those pots as he stole them? he should've lost the vessel he used to commit the thefts on top of a loss of his commercial license.
 #240664  by Bobber_Dogging_Gal
 Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:19 am
I'm so sick of the increase in gear pirates and decrease in adequately prosecuting them. It costs victims far MORE than the cost of a lost pot (time, gas, traffic, shopping crowds etc) to replace lost gear. To minimize theft, I attach water activated blue and white LED lights on flagged crab buoy sticks. For the past couple years I make and sell them. It's also important to have binocs on board to keep an eye on your gear or to write down or call in a boat number if someone approaches your gear. [cool]