Red-light runner was boat thief, deputy says


Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

A Bronson man stopped after a deputy saw him speed through a red light Sunday morning while towing a boat on a trailer was arrested after the deputy learned he had stolen the boat.

Kenneth Smith, 46, of 50 Easy St., was headed west on Southwest Eighth Avenue in Gainesville when he ran a red light at 75th Street at 5:46 a.m., according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s report.

When a deputy stopped him, he was unable to provide a registration for the trailer and was nervous, shaking and stuttering, the report said.

The deputy then noticed the vehicle Smith was driving did not have a license plate, the hitch had a lock on it and the boat was attached to the bumper of the vehicle using chains and ropes.

The trailer was registered to another man, who went to the scene with the proper paperwork and said Smith did not have permission to have the boat or trailer.

Smith told the deputy he had stolen the boat because he wanted the trailer, the report said.

Smith was arrested on two counts of grand larceny. He was being held Monday at the Alachua County jail on $100,000 bond.

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