A Largo man is facing felony theft charges after authorities say he stole a $900,000 boat and abandoned it after damaging it in a wreck.
Pinellas County deputies say the 28-year-old man stole the late-model yacht in the early morning hours of March 20. The man allegedly maneuvered the 46-foot vessel away from the retail store at which it was docked and piloted it into the bay.
However, seamanship was evidently not his strong suit, as authorities say the boat struck four channel-marker pilings as he piloted it. He allegedly abandoned the boat shortly after, leaving the vessel adrift at that point. Authorities discovered the stolen boat lodged against an oyster bed. All told, the boat sustained around $60,000 in damage.
Investigators say a fingerprint led them to the defendant, as they cite a left thumbprint on the cabin door that matched that of the defendant. According to deputies, the defendant initially denied involvement, but subsequently became cooperative upon arrest.
The California native was booked into the Pinellas County Jail earlier this month on one count of grand theft vessel and one count of aggravated battery on a pregnant female. He continues to be held in custody without bond.
The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Conact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.