Islamorada – Deputies interrupted the theft of six high end lower units from boat motors at Caribee Boat Sales and Marina Tuesday night.
Deputy Patrick Crozier was doing a late-night check at the Library Beach Park in Islamorada at 11:30 p.m. When he walked into the park, he saw two Yamaha lower units laying on the ground by the restrooms. When he looked around, he saw two young looking men running toward the bay. He called for back up officers, who arrived and set up around the area in an attempt to locate the fleeing suspects.
Four more lower units were found near the fence that separates the park from Caribee Boat Sales and Marina. Near them, Deputy Crozier found a number of items, including a CVS bag and a receipt from CVS Pharmacy with a time and date stamp showing purchases had been made that same day at 8:17 p.m. On the receipt: a Twix candy bar, Coconut water, a bottle of spring water and a pair of work gloves. A pair of work gloves were also found near the stolen lower units.
Further investigation led to the discovery of a dark blue BMW parked in the parking lot of Library Beach Park. In the center console: Coconut water, bottled water and a wrapper from a Twix candy bar.
Three boats on the other side of the fence, at Caribee Boat Sales, were missing two lower units each – the same ones found in the park.
Detective Ralph Williams has been assigned to investigate and arrests are expected in the case.