MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Hialeah man has been charged in a pair of boat burglaries in the Upper Keys.
In the first burglary, the boat was parked near the 80 mile marker in May of 2012. The owner told Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies that he was towing the boat and his truck broke down. He left the vessel and trailer parked there until he could get his truck fixed. When he went back to get the boat, he found someone had taken the GPS and four sets of rods and reels.
Fingerprints lifted from the boat came back as belonging to 29-year old Jesus Pereda Feros of Hialeah. A warrant was issued for his arrest for burglary of a vessel and grand theft.
The second boat was left parked for sale at the 101.5 mile marker. On August 22nd the owner’s mother, brother and sister were driving by and spotted a man on board the boat. When they stopped and asked what he was doing, the man said he was interested in buying it. They noticed he had a drill in his hand. They later discovered he had been attempting to remove speakers and an amplifier from the boat.
The brother took a picture of him before he left the scene. They also got his license plate number.
Using the license tag number, the photo and the name of a company on the man’s shirt, sheriff’s deputies were able to identify him as Feros.
Feros, who works for a delivery company called South Florida Express, was picked up last Friday as he was about to make a delivery in Key Largo.
Feros was charged with the outstanding warrant for the 2012 crime and with a second count of burglary, grand theft and possession of burglary tools.