MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Davie man was charged after he reportedly stole a boat from a park in Islamorada.READ MORE: BSO Searching For Tamarac Burglar Claiming To Be Deputy
On Sunday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a call from someone who said they just saw a 16 boat on a trailer stolen from Founder’s Park at mile marker 87. The caller said the man who took it was driving a silver two door BMW with tinted windows and distinctive rims on the tires.
The car and boat were spotted a short time later on U.S. 1 near miler marker 95.READ MORE: Special City Of Miami Commission Meeting Held To Discuss Future Of Chief Art Acevedo
A deputy pulled the car over. The driver, 39-year old Eduardo Tapenas of Davie, told the officer that he had been texting the owner of the boat because he was thinking of buying it. He said he was taking it out for a test drive and had the owner’s permission.
The sheriff’s office said after a little checking the deputy found out that Tapenas had lied. The boat’s owner said he had been corresponding with Tapenas, but had not given him permission to take the boat.
Tapenas was arrested and charged with grand theft, and use of a two way communications device to facilitate a felony crime.MORE NEWS: Sheriff: Person Of Interest In 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano's Disappearance Found Dead
A 17 year old girl who was Tapenas told deputies they were friends and she had come down -to the Keys to “look around”. Her mother was notified and drove down to pick her up.