Couple sleeps in boat while it is stolen

May 20, 2005 at 9:59 AM
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PORT SALERNO, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- A Palm City, Fla., couple was sleeping on their 26-foot motor boat when thieves boarded and piloted it out of a marina.

Mike and Kathleen Jones told the Stuart News they were locked in the cabin of the 26-foot Irie Daze by the boat thieves.

Mike Jones dialed 911 on his cell phone and said: "I'm a captive on my boat. It's an act of piracy."

But it wasn't long before the two men ran the boat aground near Port Salerno. They jumped ashore and ran.

The two were later captured by sheriff's deputies who found them walking nearby. Sean Michael Huff, 18, of Stuart, and John Joseph Camerlengo, 19, of Palm city, were charged with kidnapping, grand theft and burglary.

"I think a lot of boaters out there need to be aware of what could happen," Jones said. "This is the equivalent of a boaters' home invasion."

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