Sheriff Rick Ramsay wants to remind everyone that marine related thefts happen frequently in the Keys. Everyone should remove fishing gear and electronics from their vessels when they are not in use and should take precautions to protect motors and lower units as well.
Deputies took reports of a number of marine related crimes over the weekend in various areas of the county:
• A man with his boat docked at Buttonwood Bay Condominium complex in Key Largo reported Sunday afternoon that fishing rods had been taken from rod holders on the T-top of his vessel sometime overnight.
• A couple who live on East Caribbean Drive, Summerland Key said they returned home Sunday afternoon and found a GPS and antenna missing from their boat. The boat was on a boat lift on a canal behind their home.
• A man who lives on Patricia Lane in Marathon called Sunday to report his electronics and two lower units from his 250 HP Yamaha motors missing from the boat.
• A couple who live on Seminole Drive, Cudjoe Key called Saturday afternoon to report electronics missing from their boat.
• A man who lives on 4th Avenue West, Cudjoe Key called Saturday afternoon to report his two Garmin GPS units stolen from his boat, stored on a boat lift on the canal behind his home.
• A man who lives on 8th Avenue West, Cudjoe Key called Saturday afternoon to report his GPS stolen from his boat, stored on a lift on a canal behind his home.
• An employee of Cudjoe Marina on Drost Drive, Cudjoe Key reported Saturday two lower units were missing from a boat at the marina, along with a GPS unit on the same boat. He said three other vessels at the marina were also burglarized. One was missing a GPS; one was missing the port side engine lower unit and on one, a GPS cover was removed, but an alarm in the console was activated and nothing was stolen from the vessel.