Two Middle Keys marinas burglarized

At least two Middle Keys marinas have been victimized by thefts of GPS devices and other electronics since July 8.

On July 8, four boats were reported burglarized overnight at the Driftwood Marina on Coco Plum Drive. Between Thursday night and Friday morning, six more boats were burglarized at the Duck Key Marina.

Detective Sgt. Tom Walker from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the owners of such businesses need to make sure they have working surveillance equipment and good lighting to help guard against such crimes, and to help police identify suspects if crimes do occur.

He said thieves can come by water as well as land. He recommends boat owners remove expensive electronics from their boats if at all possible.

"Over the next week or so, I will be sending detectives to marinas in the Middle Keys to help owners with security surveys of their businesses. We will make suggestions as to how they can make their property safer. It will then be up to them to implement those security suggestions," Walker said.

Thefts of boating gear in the Keys generally come in waves, and often involve mainland suspects.