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Electronics thieves target Florida Keys boat dealership

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a Key Largo boat dealership Thursday, June 6, 2019.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a Key Largo boat dealership Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Florida Keys police are investigating the theft of almost $28,000 worth of electronics stolen from two vessels at a Key Largo boat dealership this week.

Management at the SeaHunter Marina at Manatee Bay, located off mile marker 112 on the 18-mile stretch of U.S. 1 in Key Largo, called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office around 7 a.m. Thursday. The thieves broke into the dealership by cutting a chain-link fence that surrounds the property, said Adam Linhardt, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Two boats were targeted — a 36- and a 42-footer, Linhardt said.

“The thieves appear to be targeting the large, expensive electronic screens in the consoles. Both boats contained high-end Garmin electronics with 17-inch screens,” he said.

The total value of the gear taken was $27,666, according to Linhardt.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the burglary to call 305-853-3211. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-471-8477, or online at www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com, via text message on the smartphone app P3 Phone or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @CrimeStoppers305.

A young adult manatee was rescued in Key Largo Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Dolphin Research Center and the Miami Seaquarium after he was spotted with both flippers and his tail tangled in fishing line.

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