Documenting the Dastardly Deed

The following appeared in the Salem Evening News today, Monday, July 7, 2014:


A caller at 2:03 a.m. told police that while fishing “in Marblehead near a small island” his boat sank. He was unsure of the exact location. “There is no one left on the boat,” according to the log, “and when they left, only the bow of the boat remained above water.” The boater and his father returned to the landing on another vessel.

The theft of 150 pounds of lobsters was reported on Front Street at 12:52 p.m.

A car on Cedar Street was jacked up and all four tires stolen, as logged at 1:11 p.m.”

I’m putting it here just to confirm that Paul did, indeed, report the theft of approximately 150 lobsters from his crates this past weekend.

To make matters worse, his boat was having trouble and he couldn’t get out lobstering yesterday, so today he has had it hauled out and he’s been working, in the heat/humidity, on the boat all day. He had to have the engine pulled out and then he had to take the engine up to Hansen Marine so they can try to fix it.

Boating is so much fun…


Happy Monday!


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11 Responses to Documenting the Dastardly Deed

  1. Annanotbob3 says:

    Terrible – though at first I thought the boat had sunk, so at least not that! xx


  2. Reporting the loss to the IRS is a good suggestion. Years ago I had a very large sum of money *stolen* from me – a bogus business venture that purportedly involved marketing. It was all a scam and none of the money retrievable. I listed it as a business loss – and never heard peep from the IRS.

    Aside from that – those lobster thugs are rotten rotten people.


  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    Eric makes a good point, though. Since Paul does all this paperwork already, putting in for the loss due to theft would be minimal and you would gain something back at least.


  4. Bex says:

    The general consensus is that the thief is hooked on Oxycontin and needs his drug-money. They have no proof though, and I have never heard of the cops ever catching the perps… or getting an compensation either. I have stopped offering too much advice because lobsterman are a weird bunch and they like to remain very independent of society for the most part. They despise all the government intervention into their lives lately – the paperwork Paul has to provide to the government every week and every month and every quarter and yearly is growing all the time. Catch reports… ad nauseum… and split up into a million categories every which-way… just make-work for otherwise unemployed people he figures.


  5. Eric Mayer says:

    Not a good way to make the news. You have to wonder what goes through people’s minds. Robbery is bad enough but when you know you’re robbing someone who has to work hard to make a living….The fact that there were other thefts probably increases the chance of the police being able to find the guys. Can you recoup a little of that via a tax deduction? Business loss of some sort.


  6. That is sad news indeed, about Paul’s catch being stolen! Hopefully the police will be able to apprehend the villains, as there were other lobstermen who suffered losses. I hope karma catches up to the villains sooner rather than later, and that Paul receives a gift from the Universe to compensate for this violation of trust!


  7. sandy freel says:

    Sad sad all of this happen to a fine man that is so HONEST….They don’t come any better than your Paul.


  8. Bonnie says:

    I’m like Harriet, first thought.

    How soon can Paul retire?


  9. Bex says:

    yes… I guess that might be right TT, I haven’t done the math because I don’t like to see the number!!!

    Around here, lobsters are prime product at holidays. It’s been slow-selling of them during other times but holidays, people around here like their lobster-feeds. Restaurants, all the supermarkets have them, and individuals having cookouts, etc., all want them. A nice little paycheck for the creeps last week, huh? And remember, 4 lobstermen so far have told us that they got robbed, too. So multiply that number by whatever…


  10. TopsyTurvy says:

    Ugh. So, averaging out Paul’s lobster prices that means over $900 worth of lobsters were stolen from him!

    In Massachusetts that’s literally the pay for 2 full weeks of work at minimum wage, 80+ hours of work at minimum wage.


  11. l'empress says:

    Good grief! The first thought that came to my mind (I’m sorry) was that a boat overloaded with someone else’s catch deserved to sink.


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