November 17, 2014

Detectives investigating lower unit, GPS thefts

Sheriff’s detectives in Marathon are investigating a rash of boat related thefts.

A number of the thefts were reported to the Sheriff’s Office; others were discovered as deputies began canvassing the areas of the reported thefts.

On Gulfstream Boulevard, two lower units from 250 Yamaha four stroke engines were taken from one house; two lower units from 300 HP Yamaha engines were taken from a second house. The cover on the boat was also cut and a GPS was stolen from the boat.  At a third residence, two propellers were stolen and someone attempted to remove the lower unit. At a fourth residence, two lower units were stolen from 250 HP Mercury engines.

On 75th Street Ocean West: two lower units from 225 HP Yamaha four stroke engines stolen.

On Tingler Lane: A GPS was stolen from one boat; a second GPS was removed from a boat, but was still attached by wires and was not taken.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2430. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Crime Stoppers tipsters 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 or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

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