Detective asks for information

Sheriff’s detective Dave Chavka is asking for the public’s help with information about a boat trailer stolen and then later recovered.

The trailer – a 37 foot triple axle – was stolen from Cardinal Lane on Big Coppitt Key. The theft occurred sometime between February 17th and March 3rd, when the reporting person noticed I t was missing and called the Sheriff’s Office. A notice to be on the lookout for it was issued.

On March 4, a Key West Police Officer found the trailer parked at the City Marina on Palm Avenue. There was no tag on the trailer, but there was a parking ticket attached to it that listed a tag number on it. The ticket was written on February 26th.  The tag number, 795PGI, returned to a John Liddy, who lives on Thompson Street in Key West. Sometime between the 26th and the 4th, it appears someone removed the tag from the trailer.

Detective Chavka is looking for anyone who may have information about this trailer theft, or who may have seen the trailer being parked or the tag being removed to call him at 305-292-7060. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be submitted on line at

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