OKEECHOBEE — A local man was charged with the theft of a boat, motor and trailer after another man saw it and recalled reading in the Okeechobee News about an aluminum boat being stolen.
Although the boat and trailer have been recovered Detective Mark Shireman, from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), said the motor is still missing. The detective arrested Jamie Glenn Wilson, 33, on Thursday, Jan. 21, on one felony count of grand theft.
His bond has been set at $2,500.
Detective Shireman didn’t have to look far for Wilson, since the man was already being held in the Okeechobee County Jail. He is being held on charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was also being held on a charge of violation of probation – burglary.
Detective Shireman said the 14-foot Jon Boat — equipped with a 25 horsepower Honda outboard motor — and single axle trailer were taken Thursday, Jan. 7, around 2 a.m. from a home on S.E. 29th Street.
He estimated the value of the 1996 Generation III aluminum boat, motor and trailer at $5,000.
Security cameras on a nearby home showed what looked like a Dodge extended cab pickup truck hooking up to the boat’s trailer and pulling it away from the residence in Taylor Creek Isles.
Because there was little to go on, the detective asked the Okeechobee News to publish a photo and some information about the stolen boat.
Sunday, Jan. 10, OCSO Deputy Matt Grumbling responded to a residence on S.E. 59th Boulevard where he spoke with a man who found a boat and trailer covered with a tarp on some property near his. He noticed the brand name — Generation III — on the boat and recalled seeing information in the newspaper about an aluminum boat that had been stolen.
Through the course of his investigation, Deputy Grumbling talked to another man who said the boat had been parked on the property by a friend of his.
When the deputy asked the man for his friend’s name, the man reportedly said Jamie Wilson.
The man said the boat had been on the property for about a week, added the deputy’s report.
Deputy Grumbling stated he began to inspect the boat and noticed the hull identification numbers were missing, as well as the vessel’s registration numbers.
But the owner of the boat told the deputy about some stickers on the boat, as well as some custom work that had been done on the vessel. The additional description provided by the owner matched the boat currently in front of the deputy, added the report.
Detective Shireman learned Wilson had apparently been driving a borrowed Dodge extended cab pickup truck that was similar to the one seen in the security video. The OCSO investigator went on to state Deputy Grumbling also found some latent fingerprints on the boat, and those prints were lifted by OCSO Crime Scene Technician Jackie Moore.
If you have any information about this case, contact Detective Shireman at 863-763-3117, ext. 5113.
Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News