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'Pirate' in Boat Robbery Just Looking to Party, MA Attorney Says

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on August 11, 2011 9:42 AM

Ahoy mateys! Would you like to partake in a pirate boat robbery, complete with signature skull-and-crossbones flag and clandestine nighttime plundering?

Or, does the idea of being a "pirate" in the 21st century seem a little outdated to you? Not so, according to Scott Stanton and Steven Jette.

The two men allegedly tried to rob a sailboat in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The attempted pirating began when they approached a sailboat in a motorboat. The duo's motorboat bore the iconic skull-and-crossbones flag, according to the Huffington Post.

The two men allegedly took flight in their boat after the owner saw them, the Huffington Post reports, but not before they told the owner that they were "armed."

Well, the Coast Guard managed to chase them down and followed them to a cove where they had a glorious bounty of loot... totaling around six lobsters, the Huffington Post reports.

The men did not have any licenses that would have allowed them to catch lobsters, but they also weren't concealing any other stolen "treasures."

Now, the two men are facing criminal charges, including breaking and entering, threatening to commit a crime, and witness intimidation.

Luckily for Stanton, he has a first-rate defense. His attorney says that Stanton just thought he was going to a party, and had no idea that any high-seas looting was going to occur.

Will a jury believe this argument? Maybe, after all, who hasn't gone to a party via a motorboat decked out with a skull-and-crossbones flag?

Scott Stanton, however, has other problems besides this whole pirate boat robbery debacle. He also violated his parole, which may mean penalties including jail time may soon be coming down against the would-be buccaneer, reports The Salem News.

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