Like Tree0Likes

3 more Scumbags off the street

Reply
Old 03-04-2009, 07:11 AM
  #1
Registered
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Tierra Verde, Fl
My Boats: 33 Outlaw
Posts: 341
Default 3 more Scumbags off the street

TIERRA VERDE Deputies say the three men came prepared for a very long and very illicit trip.

They're accused of sneaking behind Jay Pilini's home early Tuesday, lowering a 34-foot triple-engine Spectre boat into the canal, loading enough fuel and water to reach Mexico or Cuba, then quietly slipping away with the $225,000 craft in the early morning darkness.

Such high-end boats have been targeted up and down Florida's coast by professional thieves who use them for human trafficking and drug smuggling. But the red-and-silver Spectre center-console "go-fast" fishing boat named Wet Willys didn't even make it to the Gulf of Mexico.

A Pinellas sheriff's boat intercepted the three men creeping along the coast on a single engine, lights off.

That sparked a chase and manhunt that ended on land, where three suspects were cornered by deputies and their dogs as a sheriff's helicopter flew overhead.

Christobal Rodriguez-Contreras, 36, of Miami, Diomere Mendez, 32, of Hialeah, and Yordis Gutierrez, 31, of Naples were each arrested around 3 a.m. on one count of grand theft. They could face more charges, and are each being held on $50,000 bail.

The Sheriff's Office says the men are part of a ring of boat thieves, and that the arrests may be the break investigators need to crack open the criminal underworld behind these thefts.

"This might open the door really to see whether or not these individuals are involved in more local boat thefts," said sheriff's spokesman Marianne Pasha, "or if their activities extend across the state."

There were seven thefts of high-priced boats in south Pinellas last year, and at least two attempted thefts in Tierra Verde this year. The sheriff's boat that noticed the suspects was part of an operation targeting such thefts.

Pilini was storing the boat for a friend. After taking the boat from Pilini's home off 11th Street E, deputies say, the three men crashed it into a residential piling behind 416 Eighth Ave. and fled on foot.

Mendez and Gutierrez were tracked down by sheriff's dogs and found hiding under stairs at 437 Seventh Ave. Mendez was bitten in the arm by a sheriff's dog, the agency said, and another dog caught Rodriguez-Contreras next door.

Pilini said deputies told him they found Dramamine motion-sickness pills, water and 32 fuel-filled plastic containers on board. The Spectre's 257-gallon tank was also full.

That's enough fuel to reach Mexico or Cuba, or rendezvous with a bigger boat in international waters, which is the usual path of these stolen boats, according to Jacksonville private investigator Charles Meacham, who has tracked dozens of them from Florida to Mexico.

"When they go offshore, they get refueled, they get cans of fuel, they run to Cuba, pick up a (human) load, then go to Mexico," he said.

Mexican cartels have been known to use these boats to smuggle people out of Cuba and drugs into the United States, Meacham said, adding that federal authorities also are investigating the three men.

Pilini, 48, is the owner of Spectre Sportfish in Pinellas Park, a firm that designs and builds these custom, high-powered fishing boats and built the Spectre that was taken. He thinks the three men tried to steal another boat docked at his house. One of the men cut his hand on the dock during the theft, leaving a trail of blood.

They left blood on the Spectre and on his 43-foot Ocean Sportfish yacht, the Spectress. But they left that boat behind.
Skullkrusher is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 07:29 AM
  #2
GLH
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
 
GLH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Burlington, VT
My Boats: Azimut
Posts: 15,267
Default

I think you mean off the canals...

They will be out ripping us off again in three weeks...
GLH is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 10:23 AM
  #3
Diamond Member #001
Charter Member
Trade Score: (2)
 
C_Spray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Coastal North Carolina
My Boats: 2000 Formula 382 with Innovation 600's
Posts: 4,789
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skullkrusher View Post
...Christobal Rodriguez-Contreras, 36, of Miami, Diomere Mendez, 32, of Hialeah, and Yordis Gutierrez, 31...
Hmmm....

Polish?
German?
Italian?
Russian?
__________________
Retired! Boating full-time now.
C_Spray is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 01:56 PM
  #4
Mod Squad Enforcer
Charter Member
 
Cash Bar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: On the way to a PR near you
My Boats: 2009 Skater 3212- Mad Props-- 27' Conceot CC t/275VRods
Posts: 11,954
Default

Ran it into a piling. That sucks !!!

The dogs should have torn their arms off.
__________________
Your OSO connection to great S. Florida Real Estate.
www.gregsellswaterfront.com
Cash Bar is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 03:45 PM
  #5
Registered
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Tierra Verde, Fl
My Boats: 33 Outlaw
Posts: 341
Default

Not a lot of damage. It was mostly the rubrail.
Skullkrusher is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 04:08 PM
  #6
Member #154
Platinum Member
 
Indy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: SW CT & Long Island Sound
My Boats: Missing my PowerPlay
Posts: 6,756
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GLH View Post
They will be out ripping us off again in three weeks...
Correct...heck with the present administration in power they might even become cabinet members.
Indy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 04:18 PM
  #7
LZH
Registered
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
My Boats: 2001 Cigarette Playboy
Posts: 263
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skullkrusher View Post
The Sheriff's Office says the men are part of a ring of boat thieves, and that the arrests may be the break investigators need to crack open the criminal underworld behind these thefts.
Can you say plea bargin ? They will back on the streets in no time. Hopefully they guys they rat out will get locked up. Funny they got caught looking suspicious. They should have had the music blaring drinking beers and they would have been home free !!! Idiots.
LZH is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 06:17 PM
  #8
Registered
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: San Diego
My Boats: Advantage 28ft Sport Cat w/ pair of 8's
Posts: 989
Default

Too bad it didn't end with a good- old- fashion- shootout, with all three in pine boxes.


Darrell.
DMOORE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 06:46 PM
  #9
Registered
 
PhantomChaos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bell Canyon, CA
My Boats: Formula FASTech 382 Sunseeker Apache 45
Posts: 12,756
Default

$225,000........yeah, on the insurance claim.
PhantomChaos is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2009, 07:46 PM
  #10
instigator
Platinum Member
 
BUIZILLA's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Miami, Fla
My Boats: 1980 Donzi Criterion 22
Posts: 1,420
Default

were they illegal's?
BUIZILLA is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
stecz20
General Boating Discussion
25
10-14-2008 09:02 PM
Shorgasm
General Boating Discussion
20
05-29-2008 06:39 PM
Catagory5
Sonic
2
04-22-2005 03:34 PM
Von Bongo
Fountain
29
10-12-2004 07:49 PM
CBlakeNS
General Boating Discussion
2
06-09-2004 04:30 PM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:09 PM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.