Matthew and Patricia Ewing were arrested Aug. 31

An investigation by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers into multiple complaints of theft and commercial crabbing violations has resulted in the arrests of a Frederica couple.

DNREC spokeswoman Joanna Wilson identified the couple as Matthew and Patricia Ewing, both 35.

The couple was arrested Friday, Aug. 31 for tending crabs pots belonging to another commercial crabber, stealing crabs out of the pots, and selling the crabs for profit, Wilson said.

Matthew Ewing, who is a licensed Delaware commercial crabber, was charged with one count each of theft under $1,500, conspiracy in the third degree, 22 counts each of lifting a commercial crab pot belonging to another commercial fisherman and unlawful take of shellfish.

Patricia Ewing was arrested for one count each of theft under $1,500.00 and conspiracy in the third degree, and 22 counts of unlawful take of shellfish.

The couple was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover. Matthew Ewing was released on a $2,300 unsecured bond and Patricia Ewing was released on a $1,100 unsecured bond pending future court appearances in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.