On April 30th, deputies responded to 97th Street Ocean in Marathon to reports of a residential burglary. Deputy Garrett Test talked with the victim, who said his rods and reels had been stolen, along with a 50 inch flat screen television set. The deputy found a window unlocked which may have been the point of entry.
There have been a number of break ins in various areas of the county with fishing equipment stolen. Fishing equipment has also been reported stolen from docks, fishing boats and storage sheds. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone not to leave such equipment anywhere where it is easily accessible. As shown by this crime, that won’t necessarily guarantee it’s security, but taking the precaution of locking up expensive marine equipment would prevent a majority of the crimes reported to the Sheriff’s Office.
In addition, anyone attempting to sell such equipment on the street, door to door or for an absurdly low price should be a clue that there is something wrong. If someone tries to sell you any type of property, make sure you call the Sheriff’s Office before purchasing it. If the person selling it to you is above board, they should have no problem having a law enforcement officer check it first to make sure it is not stolen before making the transaction. If they do not agree, do not purchase the property. If you do, and you suspect it might be stolen, you could face charges.
Anyone with information about this, or any felony crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers who may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tipster calles Crime Stoppers, the caller can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.