Update: Stolen boat out of Naples marina impounded by Mexican government for gun-running


The boat has been found more than 500 nautical miles away in Mexico.
Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 5:39 PM EST by Alex Howard

NAPLES, Fla. – A stolen boat out of a Naples Marina ended up in the hands of gun smugglers.

A local realtor’s boat was stolen from the River Point Marina in Naples early last week. Now, the realtor said his boat is in the hands of the Mexican government.
Rob Mauceli said his boat was stolen from his slip in the middle of the night last week. The boat has been found more than 500 nautical miles away in Mexico.

What it was being used for is like something out of a movie.

Mark Raudenbush, the owner of the nearby Walcott Marina in Naples, knows that boats of the kind stolen are common for criminals, like drug smugglers and human traffickers.
“Those boats in the 30-foot range are handy tools for drug smugglers and human traffickers to move their wares,” Raudenbush said.
Turns out, that boat made it a long way. Mauceli said the Naples Police Department found out the boat was impounded by the Mexican government for gun-running.
“He kinda just told me the boat has been recovered in Mexico and it was being held. It’s part of an FBI investigation over a weapons transaction,” Mauceli said.
And while Mauceli can’t believe what his boat ended up being used for, Raudenbush said heists like this are becoming more frequent.

“As it gets harder to get in and out of Mexico, as it gets harder to get in and out of Cuba, Central America, you’re probably only going to see more of this,” Raudenbush added.

Mauceli says he’s relieved to know that his boat has been found. He says he’s looking into the process behind getting it back from impound in Mexico.
Original Bolo:
Please BOLO for a 28′ Southport Open Fisherman named LUCA BRASI stolen from River Point Marina, 801 River Point Dr, Naples, FL 34102, sometime between Monday, 18 NOV 2019 at Midnight and Tuesday 25 NOV 2019 at 0100 hrs.
The neighbor on a boat in the next slip heard the boat pull away from the slip and just thought it was the owners going on a late-night fishing trip. The vessel is described as a 28′ Southport, green hull with twin Yamaha 300 hp engines.

If you see anyone selling the following at great deals it might help lead to a thief. Usually, they part stollen boats out and dump them. The owner listed the following: Twin 300 Yamahas 2 years old @ 400 hrs, Yamaha command link gauge, Garmin 7616xsv, Garmin XHD2 radar, Simrad auto pilot, 4 JL Audio 8.8, 4 JL Audio 7.7, 2 JL Audio 10’ Sub’s, 3 600 watt JL amplifiers, JL Audio MM50 control, Furuno 585 fish finder, Van Stall Pliers, Carbon Fiber Outriggers, Taco outriggers, Yeti cooler wht 65, Yeti cooler 40 hopper green, fish filet knife collection, massive amounts of fish tackle in 12 Plano box’s, 2 white yeti buckets, blk Connelly 8’ gaff, couple Shimano stella’s on blk custom rods, Garmin B175, Garmin GT51, Airmar in hull transducer (yellow), piles of silver yeti cups and cozies, 22 lb stainless steel Lewmar anchor, 4 large white fenders, 12’ bait net, all sizes deep drop leads, 2 Jugit fish markers, stainless steel tool set’s in 2 blue water proof tool box’s, Milwaukee impact driver and drill, 3 new West Marine bean bags, ICOM UHF, lots more but these are some of the notable items.

Contact Master officer Stacy Walker #105 Marine Unit case #19-002304 – (239-213-4844) and Boat Watch.

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