May 5, 2015

Multiple boat burglaries in Marathon

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating multiple boat burglaries in the Marathon area.

The owner of a 29 foot Catamaran center console boat kept at a home on Mockingbird Lane called Monday afternoon to report his electronics taken from his boat overnight, including a Chartplotter, Sonar controller and a stereo.
The owner of a 37 foot boat kept at a home on Calle De Luna reported his electronics were removed from his vessel sometime between Sunday night and Monday, including two GPS / Chartplotter / Radar units and a Garmin Autopilot.
A woman who lives on Copa D’ Oro called to report her neighbor’s boat had been burglarized. She said she keeps an eye on the boat while the owner is out of town. Detectives did find evidence items had been removed from the vessel. They are attempting to contact the owner to find out exactly what items were taken.
The owner of a boat kept on Santa Barbara said his 23 foot Parker center console boat had been burglarized between Sunday night and Monday. Suspects removed a Chartplotter / GPS unit and several rod and reel combinations.
Deputy Kendall Baily, while on patrol on Mockingbird Lane, found a boat burglary. The center console catamaran had electronics missing from it. He spoke with the vessel’s owner who was not at the residence. He will be returning to the residence today to determine exactly was taken from his boat.
The owner of a boat on Copa D’ Oro called Monday to report his 20 foot Mako center console vessel had been burglarized. Suspects removed a Yeti cooler, speakers and a Garmin GPS.
While Deputy Nick Whiteman was investigating another boat burglary on Copa D’ Ora, he found another boat on that street – a 28 foot Grady White - had been burglarized. Suspects had attempted to remove the lower units from the motors, but were unable to because they had locks installed. Suspects removed two Garmin GPS units from the boat.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that crimes such as these are preventable. We recommend not leaving expensive equipment on board your vessel when it is not in use.

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 www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

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