Note: When the police enforce the law... it's no telling what they will find.
12:29 PM EDT, July 24, 2009
MARATHON - A Fort Lauderdale man has been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing a boat and trailer, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said today.
Kevin O'Neal, 20, also was charged with dealing in stolen property after his arrest early this morning.
A deputy had stopped O'Neal at 2:30 a.m. Thursday because the boat trailer he was towing had no lights on it, the Sheriff's Office says.
The license tag attached to the trailer was not the right tag, and O'Neal did not have registration for the trailer, according to the Sheriff's Office.
O'Neal told the deputy he knew about the violations, but just wanted to get the boat home, authorities said.
He was issued two citations, one for attaching a tag not assigned and one for having an unregistered vehicle.
The trailer and boat -- a 1997, 17-foot Maverick Flats boat with a Yamaha engine -- were impounded.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, a man called the Sheriff's Office to report his 1997 Maverick Flats boat and a trailer were stolen from his home on Summerland Key.
He was told the boat and trailer were currently in a tow yard and, once he provided proof of ownership, his property was returned to him, the Sheriff's Office said.
Officers say O'Neal later told them he bought the boat on Craig's List for $1,100.00.
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