A 26-year-old Austin man's decision to steal a 44-foot sailboat by swimming away with it in tow may have far reaching consequences following his arrest on felony theft charges. The suspect at first refused to release the $120,000 boat and surrender to police. Police arrested the man after a detective talked him into giving up his efforts to swim with the boat to deeper waters.The man's troubles began when a harbormaster who called police spotted him. Arriving police officers saw the suspect swimming in a channel with the boat attached to him by a rope. Officers said it appeared as though he was attempting to escape to deeper water but was determined not to give up the boat.
When someone is arrested for a crime, police often look to other unsolved incidents in the hopes of connecting suspects in custody and closing two cases at once. At times, this practice could lead investigators to narrowly focus their vision. Evidence is often circumstantial, fitting more than a handful of theories. When charged with a crime, it is important to seek experienced defense counsel to protect not only your constitutional rights but ensure that the facts are kept straight.
A Houston man is being accused of multiple crimes this week. The theft charges include conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Investigators say the man worked with others to submit counterfeit checks and fraudulent withdrawal slips to Capital One Bank.