Traffic stop ends in stolen boat recovery

A sharp eyed deputy stopped a truck towing a boat on a trailer in the early morning hours Saturday after he noticed the trailer had no functioning tail lights. He wound up recovering a stolen boat and trailer and arresting the driver.

The truck was northbound from the 97 mile marker in Key Largo at 3:45 a.m. when Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe stopped it for no tail lights. As he stopped it, he further noticed the license tag had duct tape on it obscuring the numbers and that the trailer appeared to have been attached to the truck in a hurry because the tow chains and wiring harness were not connected.

He found the driver of the Chevrolet truck, 38 year old Giovanny Lluis of Miami, had a suspended driver’s license so he arrested Lluis. Further investigation by Detective Sgt. Mark Coleman later in the day led to the identification of the boat’s owner, who lives in Miami. The owner said he keeps his boat in Key Largo and no one had permission to take it. He said the 2003 26 foot Hydra Sport with twin 200 HP engines on it is valued at $30,000.

Lluis was charged with grand theft and driving with license suspended. He was booked into jail.

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