Miami-Dade man charged with stealing fishing gear in the Keys
Call it the perfect crime in the Florida Keys. A suspect in a personal watercraft stealing fishing gear from a moored boat.
Police say that’s what happened and arrested a Coral Gables man. He is accused of using a water bike to steal a ship.
Frank Alexander Pena, 22, was released from Monroe County Jail on Monday on $55,000 in hourly bail after being charged with burglary and grand larceny. Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Pena declined to comment on his arrest.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said on Sept. 1, Pena used a personal watercraft to steal two fishing rods and reels worth $900 from a boat docked in the Upper Keys community of Tavernier.
“Security footage showed a man on a personal watercraft approaching the boat and taking the fishing rods,” said Adam Linhardt, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Personal watercraft are tandem boats often referred to as Jet Skis, the brand made by Kawasaki. Deputies received a tip that the watercraft seen in the footage was parked at a residence in Key Largo. A man from that house said Pena was the person seen in the footage aboard the ship, Linhardt said.
The man said he and Pena had an argument over a robbery, and Pena returned to Miami-Dade County, according to the sheriff’s office.
The man, whom the sheriff’s office did not name, allowed deputies to search his home, where the rods were found, as was a cooler that was reported stolen in a separate burglary case, Linhardt said. .
This story was originally published September 21, 2022 7:00 a.m.