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Three Caught on a Stolen Boat

Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Key Largo - Three Miami men were arrested Monday after they were caught by the U.S. Coast Guard on board a boat stolen from Key Largo.

The boat, a 48 foot Fountain called the "Dilligaf" is valued at $200,000.00 and was last seen by its owner on February 20th, tied up behind a home on Bahama Avenue. When the owner returned home on the 26th, it was gone. The following day, on the 27th at about 10 p.m., Detective Jason Madnick was notified that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel out of Miami had intercepted the stolen vessel about 15 miles west of Bimini. On board were three Miami men who were all taken into custody.

The boat and the men were brought back to the Islamorada Coast Guard base and were placed under arrest by Detective Madnick. 19 year old Yaiker Broche-Ortiz, 19 year old Yenier Espinosa and 45 year old Alberto Puga Lamas were all booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on charges of Grand Theft.

Note about recent dive-related deaths

The Medical Examiner will be commenting to the press about the two recent dive related deaths and what the autopsy results were. He said the death of 64 year old Harley Piers showed no signs of being related to a Man O'War sting. In both cases he says the results are pending further testing.

A note about human bones found on 92nd Street in Marathon:

According to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office, bones found on property at 92nd Street in Marathon last October were sent off to a laboratory for dating. Results were recently returned and the bones turned out to be from 200 - 400 B.C. Remember: after investigation, it was determined the bones most likely were brought in to the Keys years ago as part of some fill from an unknown location elsewhere in
Florida. The bones will now be turned over to an archeological foundation for further study. For more details, contact the Medical Examiner's Office.

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