“Gang Arrested” and A Stolen $1.5mm Catamaran Recovered on Ambergris Caye, Belize
Yesterday, scrolling through social media, I came upon an intriguing story with this title: “Blake Gang Arrested, Small-Town Belize Cop Recovers Stolen $1.5 Million Cat: Alleged ‘Tifosi’ Thieves Caught Shoplifting at Ambergris Caye”
In short, the author Peter Swanson writes: 3 Texans stole a $1.5mil catamaran from Ft Lauderdale. One is a father who took his child (without the mother’s permission aka kidnapping). 2 dogs. They sail to the Bahamas, Grenada, Isla Mujeres, they change the name of the boat twice (though they don’t disable the ping-location device), they are all wanted for this crime.
Weeks later, they are caught on video shoplifting at Island Supermarket in San Pedro, Belize.
They have moored the cat off-shore but even that wasn’t done correctly.
As the shoplifters were being booked, the crew at Elite Adventures of Ambergris Caye were headed back from a tour and saw the $1.5mm catamaran adrift…and headed towards the barrier reef with only 2 dogs on-board!
The tour guides towed the expensive boat back to their dock and called the local police corporal, the Belize Customs department AND BAHA. (BAHA is the department in charge of the importation of dogs to the country)
Hopefully they are properly paid the $20,000US reward that was out for this boat. A great day at sea!
And so it all came together…the shoplifters are soon IDed as the kidnappers, boat thieves, folks wanted in the USA…and are now awaiting extradition. The boat is docked at Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop in San Pedro.
I want to see that boat!! I am in constant awe around the price of boats. Ask me to estimate the price of any boat – big or small – and I will generally guess about 10% of what it would actually sell for. I. just. don’t. get. it.
Yesterday we headed to town to check out a $1.5mil USD catamaran. All the while I was considering how idiotic that this whole caper ended with shoplifting at a San Pedro supermarket. Duh.
Here are the photos of the boat. It is very nice and big! 61 feet long.
But $1.5million? No freaking way. But nice.
I imagine she will be held here for a while as all of this gets worked out at the police station, the US embassy, and the courts in the US. Ready for the sail back to Ft Lauderdale.
Interesting right? On another note, I collected two more fun/funny boat names yesterday…
I hope you are having a great weekend and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!