Crime

He served two years for grand theft. Now cops say he stole over $60,000 of boating equipment

Mizael Alfonso
Mizael Alfonso Miami-Dade Corrections

A Miami-Dade man, who has been convicted of theft in the past, stole about $63,000 worth of equipment off boats in St Johns County, deputies say.

Mizael Alfonso, 45, was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple felonies in connection with a string of boat burglaries, according to the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities believe Alfonso stole navigational and other electronic equipment from 13 boats in a St Johns storage facility before attempting to sell them in Miami.

Video surveillance footage from the July incident shows a vehicle that investigators traced to Miami. Deputies also believe the vehicle to be connected to a similar incident in May.

Investigators discovered the stolen equipment being sold online, and traveled to Miami to confront Alfonso. He eventually admitted to stealing the items, according to a news release.

Alfonso was arrested and booked into a Miami-Dade Jail where he is being held on $170,500 bond.

In 2009, Alfonso served a total of two years for grand theft, records show.

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C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.
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