Boat-theft ring busted in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Five suspects have been indicted in connection with a boat-theft ring that is alleged to have stolen 38 boats from several locations in Florida and Southern Georgia, reported in a recent story on its Web site.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the suspects were stealing high-performance boats, moving them to the Miami area, changing the boat identification numbers, then fraudulently registering them. The defendants allegedly sold most of the boats, but kept some for their own use.

The case originally began when Jacksonville Beach police investigated a boat theft. They contacted other agencies, dealing with similar thefts.

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