Sheriff's deputies took two reports Wednesday of fishing and dive gear stolen from boats.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Deputy James Hager responded to Seaview Drive on Duck Key to reports of a boat burglary. The owner said he was last on his boat Sunday. When he returned to the boat Wednesday, he noticed a number of items were missing including pole spears, a spear gun, fins, a weight belt, fishing tackle, and other items. The boat was parked in the front yard of the residence.
This morning, Deputy Hager spoke with a victim over the phone. She said she wanted to report a theftt from her boat. She said she would meet with him later, but was currently on the water diving for lobster. She told Deputy Hager someone had taken items from their boat overnight, including a fishing pole and three spear guns. She said the boat was parked next to her condominium at 150 Coco Plum Drive in Marathon.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to secure valuable items in a safe place. Remove fishing gear, dive gear and electronics from boats when you are not on board. There are people that come to the Florida Keys for the express purpose of stealing unattended gear from boats left parked and unattended overnight.