Brian Hamacher

Serial Boat Thief Busted: Broward Sheriff's Office

A man accused of being a serial boat thief in Broward County is facing multiple charges, authorities said Thursday.

Raykel Carmona, 28, was arrested Wednesday on charges including burglary and grand theft, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Carmona remained behind bars Thursday, and it's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

According to the arrest report, Carmona stole a $30,000 boat from 100 Northeast 28th Avenue in Pompano Beach Tuesday. The next day, he tried to steal a $270,000 boat in the 2700 block of N. Riverside Drive but left it adrift, the report said.

The attempted theft happened at the Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center and involved a Sea Tow vessel. Sea Tow officials said the attempted theft was caught on camera.

Sea Tow officials also said that a captain had tried to help the same man on another disabled boat at the inlet on Tuesday, offering a tow or some service. Sea Tow said the man declined then jumped ship, abandoning the boat.

When they called police they learned that the boat, along with a Jet Ski found nearby, had been reported stolen.

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