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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  • by Anonymous Location: leon on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    tp older brother: you say this is a case of hanging around with the wrong person. Who is the wrong person. They BOTH did the crimes and each played a part. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and quit blaming everyone else for the decisions they made . Did someone hold a gun to his head and force him to participate? I doubt. BOTH ARE GUILTY
  • by robert Location: tallahassee on Nov 21, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    poor economy thanks alot obama i think how 1966 a corvette was 3,600 now 80,000 inflation cmon man this country takes advantage of people on a daily basis along with insurance rent taxes and so on.somthing has to change soon we should start lowering stuff a little at a time until a reasonable amount is come to the pay scale to bill scale is terrible you should be able to pay rent in one pay check.and i would bet money on it that crime would drop it is very stressfull.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    Maybe they were just bored ....."bro let's go steal some boats"
  • by Older Brother Location: Tallahassee on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    This is to all you things that call yourself people that left negative or just stupid posts about my brother. This is a case of hanging around the wrong person and if you don't know all the details then shut the F up. Scott, be a man and come say that to my face...
  • by ... on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Wasn't drew just in jail for grand theft? Some people never learn. Pathetic! Never trust a thief.
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    Bring back the draft, and teach these PM's some discipline.
  • by Jan Location: Tallahassee on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    I guess these two dufus's were "trolling" for trouble. Should have used a "bait" boat..... snicker, snicker, snicker.
  • by Scott Location: Wakulla on Nov 17, 2011 at 04:00 AM
    Nothing a good dose of lead to the head wouldn't cure.
  • by u Location: none on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    what goes around comes around.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    what goes around comes a around
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