February 26, 2014

Two arrested for boat burglaries, vehicle burglary

An alert neighbor who called the Sheriff’s Office and a rapid response from deputies resulted in the arrest of two teens for multiple counts of burglary.

A man who lives on 27th Street in Marathon called the Sheriff’s Office at 5:30 a.m. to report suspicious activity in his neighborhood. He said he heard people walking up and down his dock, looked outside and saw two people climbing into a vessel across the canal from him.

Deputies responded and saw flashlights going on and off inside a boat docked at a home on 28th Street. They surrounded the vessel and boarded it, giving commands for anyone on board to come out with their hands visible. A young man and a young woman walked out of the boat. The man is 19 year old Hunter Bradley of Marathon. The woman is a 17 year old from Marathon.

The woman told the deputies she had permission to be on the boat. The boat’s owner was contacted. It turned out his daughter did tell the girl she could sleep on the boat. The girl did not, however, have permission to take any belongings from the boat and she was found to have two GPS Units from the boat in her purse.

Further investigation revealed a number of items on the boat that did not belong there, including a guitar, a steel bracket, four fishing rods and a fire extinguisher. On the dock nearby was a large speaker. Deputies began contacting people who lived in the area. All of the items except the guitar and speaker had been taken from nearby vessels.

The guitar and the speaker turned out to have been stolen from a car parked on 28th Street. A matching speaker was still inside the car.

Both Bradley and the girl were arrested. They were charged with five counts each of burglary and grand theft in connection with the vessel burglaries. They were charged with one count each of burglary and grand theft in connection with the vehicle burglary.

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