Cops: Keys man fails in attempt at ATV theft

A Miami man charged with trying to steal an all-terrain vehicle from a Key Largo dealership came equipped with a battery, fuel and makeshift ramp, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports.

Christian Mandri, 19, was arrested Friday after investigators found a pickup truck that was recorded by a security camera at Riva Yamaha, near mile marker 102.5.

The burglary took place late Dec. 13 or before dawn Dec. 14. Arriving at work Dec. 15, the Riva Yamaha owner saw a new ATV had been moved. It appeared someone tried to hotwire the ignition, he told deputies.

On Friday, Detective Yunier Galvez learned a red Ford truck with oversized tires -- matching the one seen on the security recording -- was parked at a Plantation Key construction site. Mandri owns the truck.

Under questioning, he admitted breaking into the Riva yard and trying to steal the ATV, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

"He attempted to install a battery in the vehicle, which did not have one," Herrin said. "He said he brought fuel which he put in the vehicle."

His truck had wood to serve as ramps. Asked why he did not steal the ATV, Mandri said he "just could not do it," Herrin said.

Charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, Mandri was released Friday after posting $15,000 bond.

Stolen boat found in Miami-Dade

A stolen offshore sportfishing boat stolen from a Key Largo storage lot before dawn Friday was found Sunday in Miami-Dade County.

The trailered 35-foot Everglades boat with its three 350-horsepower outboards was recovered by police in the town of Medley in northwest Miami-Dade.

"Investigations into who took it are ongoing," Herrin said.

The boat was taken from a fenced yard at Gus's Toy Box, near mile marker 104, before dawn Friday. A fence gate was found open, and a boat trailer used as an entry barrier had been moved.

Identification information on the boat was entered into law-enforcement databases, leading to the recovery Sunday.