June 5, 2015

Man charged with stealing fishing gear

An employee of a charter company in Marathon was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing rods and reels from two boats and pawning them at a local pawn shop.

25 year old Christopher Purcell is accused of stealing rods and reels from two charter boats at Sea Dog Charters in Marathon. He stole the items on several different occasions, and also took fishing gear from the owner of the charter company. He then pawned a number of them at a local pawn shop. After the crimes were reported to the Sheriff’s Office, detectives checked the pawn shop database and discovered the items had been pawned by Purcell.

When detectives questioned Purcell, he admitted to stealing the rods and reels. He returned some of them but said he pawned some and traded others for drugs.

After further investigation, warrants were issued for his arrest. On Thursday, he was booked into jail charged with four counts each of burglary and grand theft and three counts of dealing in stolen property. He was also charged with two counts of giving false information at the pawn shop.

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