Thursday, May 14, 2009

Man Charged With Stealing Boat

Deputies arrested a 24-year-old man Wednesday night and charged him with stealing a boat in April.

Patrick Eugene Hall, 781 Palm Drive, was charged with grand theft.

On April 8, marine patrol deputies gave Hall and another man a ride to Marco Island from Keewaydin Island after Hall told deputies they had been left behind by friends during a camping outing on the island, according to sheriff’s reports.

Also on April 8, deputies discovered an abandoned boat in a patch of mangroves off Keewaydin Island. The 2001 Godfrey Hurricane deck boat had been reported stolen earlier in the day from its dock at Holiday Manor Boat Dock.

Further investigation by deputies led them to Hall, whose fingerprints matched latent prints recovered from the stolen boat, reports said.

Deputies located Hall around 9:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Airport-Pulling Road in East Naples on Wednesday and arrested him, reports said.