Man accused of tampering with stone crab traps

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A Goodland man is accused of tampering with two women’s stone crab traps Wednesday near White Horse Key.

Around 11 a.m., officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission saw someone pulling the traps and went to investigate. An arrest report said they found Darrell Van Ellington, 35, on his boat alone with harvested stone crab claws.

Officers located the two women who own the traps, both of whom said they had not given anyone permission to pull their traps. One of the women also said several of her traps had been stolen this year, according to reports.

On Thursday, Van Ellington, of the 600 block of Sunset Court, was arrested at his home by wildlife officers. He faces a felony charge of willful molesting of stone crab traps.

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