June 21, 2012

Detectives need help locating boat theft suspect

Little Torch Key – A stolen boat has been recovered and Sheriff’s detectives say they need help finding the man they suspect stole it.

The 21 foot Angler was stolen from a home on Long Beach Road, Big Pine Key on June 16th.  Today, an employee of Tow Boat U.S. saw the boat at the Dolphin Marina on Little Torch Key. He recognized it and knew it had been stolen. He spoke with the two men on board, telling them he thought they were on a stolen boat. He asked them to stay there until law enforcement arrived to check it out.

Instead, the suspect, identified as 30 year old John Nydam, took off in the boat. The man with him, who later called the Sheriff’s Office, told detectives he confronted Nydam about the information about the boat being stolen, and told Nydam he did not want to be involved in the crime. Nydam pulled the boat to shore and both men got off; Nydam fled the area and the other man walked to a nearby house and called the Sheriff’s Office to report Nydam’s location.

Deputies and officers from Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with a K-9 Team from that agency, responded; they were not able to locate Nydam. The boat was recovered and returned to the owner.

Detectives are investigating. They are looking for help locating Nydam. They would also like to speak to a woman believed to be his girlfriend. They are asking that 22 year old Amber Rochon contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-292-7060 so they can interview her in connection with Nydam’s actions.

Nydam is also wanted on outstanding warrants from Venice, Florida. He is 5-9 – 5’10” tall, thin with a goatee and with a tattoo of a sunburst on his left arm. A photo of Nydam and one of Rochon are attached.

Anyone with information which could help this investigation should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips can be submitted on line at tipsubmit.com.

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