A homeless Key West man was charged Thursday with stealing a truck from where it was parked at the 39 mile marker of the highway.
The owner of the 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 truck told Deputy Todd Jones he parked it at the Ohio Bahia Honda Channel Bridge to take his morning walk. He put the keys in the gas cap compartment. As he was walking on the bike/walking path, he saw his truck pass him heading south on U.S. One. When he got back to his residence on Sunshine Key, he called to report the theft.
As Deputy Jones was taking the theft report, Sheriff’s Office dispatchers informed him that Key West Police had the stolen truck and a suspect in custody on numerous charges from an incident in the city of Key West. Deputy Jones responded to the Stock Island Detention Center where he additionally charged the suspect, 40 year old Chad Watson, with grand theft of a vehicle.