The victims called the Sheriff’s Office on March 11th. They said they’d been gone for two weeks and had returned to their home at Galway Bay RV Park to find all their rods and reels stolen from their living room, along with two fishing belts and three fishing lures. Deputy Jamie Hughes Buxton responded to take a report.
The victims had cameras installed on their property. The video showed a friend of theirs, 30 year old Michael Tiziani of Marathon, breaking into the home through the front door and taking all the equipment from inside.
Sgt. Nick Whiteman and Deputy Seth Hopp went to Tizani’s home the following day. They confronted Tiziani with the information they had. He admitted to taking the fishing equipment. He handed over all the stolen items, which were returned to the owners.
A warrant was issued for Tiziani’s arrest. On Wednesday, he was charged with burglary and grand theft and he was booked into jail.
Now is a good time to make sure all of your fishing and diving equipment and electronics are stored in a secure location; don’t leave items out in the open and don’t leave them overnight on your vessel. It is also a good idea to catalogue your equipment. Write down serial numbers and take photos of each item so we are able to identify anything that is stolen and recovered. Video surveillance equipment can be very effective in catching criminals that prey on you or your home. Make sure the equipment is functional, is pointed in the most effective direction to catch usable video and that you know how to use the equipment.