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Lobster theft



PORTLAND — Two men were charged with theft after a month-long investigation by the Maine Marine Patrol revealed they allegedly stole lobsters from two dealers.

Troy J. Woodman, 34, of Warren and Shane Hall, 29, of Portland both have been charged. Woodman was arrested by Marine Patrol Sgt. Robert Beal on Monday, Oct. 17, and taken to Cumberland County Jail. Hall is currently in Knox County Jail facing a total of six other charges, including aggravated assault and kidnapping for allegedly forcing a woman into his car as she walked home in Rockland in late September.

The Marine Patrol investigation revealed that the two men stole lobsters from Quahog Lobster in Harpswell. According to Marine Patrol reports, the thefts took place between late September and mid-October. The thefts were uncovered through surveillance conducted by Marine Patrol Officers Rebecca Kavanaugh and Christopher Hilton, as well as Beal. Woodman has been charged with one count of Class C theft for allegedly stealing lobsters from Quahog Lobster on Sept. 17. Additional theft charges against Woodman are expected for thefts that occurred at Quahog Lobster on Sept. 24, 25, 27, and Oct. 6, and at Maggie’s Seafood in South Bristol on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.

Hall has been charged with one count of Class D theft and one count of Class C theft for allegedly stealing lobsters from Quahog Lobster on Sept. 25 and 27. A total of 19 crates filled with lobster allegedly were stolen by the two over the course of the seven days. The estimated value of the stolen lobster and crates exceeds $9,000. Class C crimes carry a penalty of up to five years in jail and a fine of $5,000, while Class D crimes are punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of $2,000. An investigation into the sale and purchase of the stolen lobsters is ongoing.

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