EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 12, 2014

Bedford man pleads guiltyin stolen lobster trap case

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A Bedford man charged with possessing 49 stolen lobster traps, including some owned by a fisherman who died last summer, has pleaded guilty to several crimes and more than 100 violations. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Kyle Basoukas pleaded guilty Monday to receiving stolen property and disturbing lobster gear, as well as 133 violations regarding his own equipment. He was given a suspended sentence of 90 days, fined more than $11,000.

and had his lobster license revoked for five years.

Lt. Michael Eastman called the plea a good outcome, noting that had the case gone to trial, it would have taken much longer to get the stolen gear back to the rightful owners.

Basoukas’ attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.