September 3, 2014

Marathon man charged with vessel burglary

A Marathon man was arrested Tuesday, charged with burglarizing a vessel at a Marathon marina.

Deputies responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at the Driftwood Marina at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The manager of the marina gave a description of one of the vehicles – a white sedan with a loud exhaust which left the scene while she was calling. She said she did not at that time think a crime had been committed, but she wanted deputies to respond anyway. Deputy Tyler Blanton was on his way to the call when he located a similar vehicle on 107th Street. He wrote down the vehicle’s license tag number, but continued on to the marina to check out the report.

At 4 a.m., the marina manager called back to report something had been taken from a vessel. She had reviewed surveillance video which showed a man getting out of the white sedan, climbing on board the vessel and removing something from the rear. Further investigation revealed lines had been cut to a hydraulic pump on the vessel, which had then been stolen.

The white sedan with the same license tag number noted by Deputy Blanton earlier was located at 240 Sombrero Beach Road. The registered owner of the car, 20 year old Michael Mojica, was found at his apartment. When deputies confronted him with the information they had from the video, he admitted to taking the pump. He turned it over to the officers who then took him into custody. Mojica was charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief and he was booked into jail.

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