Two Arrests Made in Local Boat Theft Cases

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Crawfordville, Florida - November 16, 2011 -

A 24-year-old Crawfordville man and a 23-year-old Tallahassee man were arrested Nov. 15 in connection with the theft of boats, boat motors and trailers from Wakulla County in August, October and November.

David Jose Martinez of Tallahassee and Andrew Michael White of
Crawfordville were each charged with three counts of grand theft,
burglary of a conveyance, possession of burglary tools and criminal
mischief following an extensive investigation by the WCSO Criminal
Investigations Division.

In August, a St. Marks victim reported the theft of his boat, motor and
trailer from Port Leon Drive. In October, a Tallahassee victim reported
the theft of a boat motor from a vessel parked at a business
establishment near Wakulla Station. In early November, the same victim reported the theft of a boat, another motor and trailer from the same business location.

"Detectives used confidential information and digital surveillance
images to link Martinez and White to the three thefts," said WCSO
Undersheriff Maurice Langston."We were able to use additional evidence collected through several different sources to interview Martinez and White and they admitted their involvement in the crimes."

Some of the stolen property was recovered at Martinez's residence in
Tallahassee including a boat motor, bolt cutters, gas tank and trailer.
The St. Marks boat was recovered submerged in Lake Miccosukee by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The boat stolen from Wakulla Station was recovered at a Crawfordville residence. The boat motor stolen in October is believed to have been sold has not yet been recovered.

After interviewing the two suspects, they were arrested without incident and taken to the Wakulla County Jail where they were booked in and held under a $25,250 bond. Martinez posted bond Nov. 16 and was released. White remains in custody.

The investigation continues and additional charges are possible.

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