December 15, 2014

More marine related thefts in Marathon, Lower Keys

Sheriff’s detectives in the middle and lower Keys are investigating marine related thefts over the weekend.

On Sunday morning, deputies took two reports of items stolen from Knight’s Key Campground in Marathon. Two Mercury 250 HP engines on a boat had the lower units stolen and a second boat was missing a GPS. Both boats were parked in a boat storage lot on the property. Also, a man who parked his boat at a friend’s house on Copa de Ora in Marathon called Sunday to report lower units taken from his two Yamaha 250 HP engines.

Sunday afternoon, a man who lives on Constitution Avenue on Big Pine Key called to report it looked like someone had stolen items from his neighbor’s boat. When deputies arrived, they discovered two GPS units and stereo equipment had been taken from the boat; the bottom floor of the residence had also been entered and a large amount of dive equipment had been taken.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. 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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