August 18, 2015

Detectives investigate boat burglaries

Detectives are investigating a large number of boat burglaries at a storage lot on Big Pine Key.

An employee of the storage lot, located on Industrial Road on Big Pine Key, called the Sheriff’s Office Monday morning when he arrived at work and discovered the crimes that had taken place over the weekend. He said he left work Friday at 5 p.m., and over the weekend suspects had burglarized boats stored on the lot.

While detectives are still working to determine what was stolen, it appears the suspects entered 54 boats. Many of the boats had plastic or canvas covers which were sliced by an unknown sharp object. It is unknown how many of the boats are missing property. Many boat owners live out of the county and must be contacted individually to see if they had any valuables on their boats.

Just a reminder that the Sheriff’s Office posted surveillance photos and videos of possible suspects in marine related crimes that have been taking place in the Middle and Lower Keys. Take a look at those photos and videos here to see if the suspects are anyone you know. There is a special reward amount being offered by Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys and the Sheriff’s Office. If information from a tipster leads to an arrest in these crimes, the caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

Remember: tipsters can remain completely anonymous. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 305-481-8060. 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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