May 6, 2015

Stock Island man arrested for stealing boat motor parts

A Stock Island man was arrested after surveillance video caught him as he stole boat motor parts from a boat on Roberta Street on Stock Island.

The owner of the boat called the Sheriff’s Office May 1st to report he found parts missing from the motor on his boat. Deputy Matt Dowling took the report and then called for assistance from detectives.

Detectives David Chavka and John Underwood responded. Detective Chavka found a nearby surveillance camera and watched the video for the night the parts were taken. On the video, at 12:30 a.m. he saw a man and woman near the boat. The woman leaves and the man stays near the boat for several minutes. He then returns later on his bike and is seen putting something in his shirt and riding away.

The man in the video was identified as 45 year old Roberto Cardenas. Cardenas later admitted to taking the motor parts and, in doing so, damaging the motor. He was placed under arrest and charged with grand theft. He was booked into jail.

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