At the last City Council meeting on Monday, July 19, MIPD Chief Carr advised boat owners to take special care that their boats are secured and to be aware that a ring of boat thieves are moving in on Marco boats. On July 8th 2010 at 12:48 a.m. an Officer from the Marco Island Police Department observed an occupied suspicious vehicle (no lights – obstructing intersection) at the intersection of Eubanks Ct. and Ludlow Rd. Marco Island Police Officers immediately recognized that this vehicle and its occupant were potentially involved in the theft of vessels. Marco Island PD patrol, marine and investigative resources were deployed to begin searching the vicinity for additional suspects. Collier County Sheriff units responded to Marco’s mutual aid request providing aviation, K-9, marine and numerous patrol and investigations assets. A perimeter was established and at 2:34 a.m. three additional suspects were found hiding in the brush in the vicinity of Ludlow and Copeland Dr. Suspects were in possession of rubber gloves, laser devices and other items that could be considered criminal tools. A search of the area in which the suspects were hiding revealed 26 master ignition keys for vessels / outboards.
All suspects were charged with Loitering and Prowling:
Darinet Molina Mata DOB 12/7/1977 Naples FL
Mayque Aguilera Pulido DOB 1/13/1980 Naples, FL
Angel Alvarez Esquijarosa DOB 5/5/1975 Naples, FL
Douglas Gainza Cespedes DOB 8/21/1975 Naples, FL
In his report, Captain Dave Baer stated, “This incident highlights the tremendous working relationships and response capabilities shared by the Marco Island Police Department and its partners in this incident:
- Collier County Sheriff
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Unites States Coast Guard
- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
- United States Customs and Border Protection
- United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement”
The investigation is still active.