• Deputies recover Brevard family's stolen boat in Miami.


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives have recovered a $150,000 boat stolen in Brevard County two weeks ago.

    Surveillance video showed thieves driving off with the boat from a Brevard County business.

    Investigators found the boat over the weekend in Miami.

    The boat's owner, Angela Petrakis, got the good news from a Brevard County deputy Monday.

    "We were just like ecstatic. We were like, 'Wait, is this happening?'" said Petrakis.

    The 33-foot boat was discovered because that same deputy told a friend at the Florida Wildlife Commission in Miami to keep a look out for it.

    The FWC officer spotted the boat on the back of a tractor-trailer and pulled the driver over.

    The driver was taking the boat out of state, but investigators do not believe he's tied to the boat thieves.

    They also found a crate filled with parts from other boats, which could include parts from a fishing boat which was stolen in Brevard County around the same time Petrakis' boat was taken.

    That boat was found in Miami last week, dismantled alongside the road.

    Detectives are not sure the thefts are connected, but they said both of them may have been taken by a Cuban boat-smuggling ring.

    "They are still out there, but you know, I think they are going to catch them," said Petrakis.

    Investigators said stolen boats are often stripped down and sold, piece by piece.


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