Melbourne PD, Brevard Sheriff’s Office Help Take Down Theft Ring Targeting Boat Motors, Equipment

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Suspects face charges related to Burglary, Grand Theft

Authorities in Melbourne took down an organized theft ring on Tuesday after Martin County Sheriff’s Office tipped off law enforcement officials in Brevard County.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Authorities in Melbourne took down an organized theft ring on Tuesday after Martin County Sheriff’s Office tipped off law enforcement officials in Brevard County.

Police say they received intel from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office about a group of individuals who were targeting boats and outboard motors.

Authorities inside the Martin County Sheriff’s Office say the group was moving north from Martin County and was reportedly as far north as the Pineda Cswy.

After receiving the intel from Martin County, police were to led to the Dockside Marine on 2815 S. Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne where they found the three male suspects in two vehicles committing the thefts.

Police officers observed the suspects, “casing the business, cutting the fence, committing the burglary, taking tools in with them, removing boat motors and equipment and staging it for pick-up, committing the theft, and the second vehicle conducting counter-surveillance.”

During these events, the driver of the second vehicle was picked up to assist with moving the large amount of property, according to police.

Melbourne Police and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office then teamed up to set up a perimeter for authorities to take down the suspects.

It was at that moment when all three suspects attempted flee but were arrested after K-9 Brutus helped track down the perpetrators inside the fenced compound of the business.

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Both vehicles used in the crimes were seized.

All three suspects were arrested around 9:15 p.m. for multiple felonies and were transported to the county jail.

Anyone with additional information on this, or similar cases, is urged to contact Detective Jennewein at 321-608-6481.

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