October 3, 2014

Islamorada man arrested for stealing rods and reels

An Islamorada man was arrested Thursday, charged with entering a storage room at the Snake Creek Marina and stealing rods and reels valued at $7,000.

The owner of the rods and reels and a witness to the crime called the Sheriff’s Office shortly after 26 year old David Pothier stole them. Pothier walked into the marina and entered a storage area where he went through a number of rods and reels stored there, taking the three belonging to the victim. He then left and, as he was walking away from the marina the witness saw him carrying the stolen rods and reels.

The witness was acquainted with the suspect and knew he used to work at the marina but no longer worked there. He saw Potheir get into a dark green car and he was able to get a partial license plate number. He notified the marina manager and told him what he saw. The manager checked the store room and realized the rods and reels were missing and called the Sheriff’s Office.

A notice to be on the lookout for the car was put out over police radios. Detectives Yunior Galvez and Barney Sajdak spotted the car minutes later and found the suspect at Sea Breeze Trailer Park.

The witness positively identified Pothier as the one he saw with the stolen items. After being confronted with the positive identification, Pothier agreed to return the stolen items. He claimed to have stolen them because the victim owed him money. He was arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft.

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