Crab boat skipper, crewmember arrested for theft

Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2000

UNALASKA (AP) -- A crab boat skipper and one of his crewmembers have been arrested in Unalaska for allegedly stealing $168,000 in cash from a King Cove processing plant.

Arrested were Lyle Newby, skipper of the fishing vessel Red Baron, and Susan Siler, the boat's cook. Both are charged with first-degree theft and second-degree burglary.

The Red Baron is homeported in Bellingham, Wash.

The alleged theft took place March 31 at the Peter Pan processing plant in King Cove, the Dutch Harbor Fisherman reported this week. The money was reportedly taken from the plant's main office, where large sums of cash are often kept during peak fishing seasons.

After the Red Baron's crewmembers were identified as suspects, police in St. Paul searched the boat and found a large amount of cash, according to King Cove police chief Gary Eilers.

The arrests were made last week after a later search of the vessel in Unalaska turned up more cash.

Eilers said authorities have recovered about the two-thirds of the amount allegedly stolen.

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