2012-12-06 / Island Life

Police arrest two in burglary from boat

By Alex Scott Reporter

It’s that time again for holiday shopping, and that goes for criminals, too.

The Port Aransas Police Department arrested two men for theft after a traffic stop found a vehicle stuffed to the brim in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 30.

At 5:34 a.m. police pulled over 64-year-old Port Aransas resident Joe Earle Huffman, and 26-year-old Dustin Lee Smith, while driving a 2001 Chevy Impala filled with items in plain view of the officers, Executive Lt. Darryl Johnson said.

The occupants claimed the property in the car was their own, but when asked what it was they could not identify the contents, Johnson said.

Huffman was arrested at the scene for driving without insurance, but Smith was released. Police later found the owner of the property due to a key with a boat towing membership that linked the stolen goods to a boat in Island Moorings. After being contacted by police, the owner confirmed that more than $8,000 worth of equipment was stolen out of a boat, Johnson said.

Smith was then relocated and both he and Huffman were charged with theft of more than $1,500 dollars but less than $20,000, which is a state jail felony, according to Johnson.

The two were transported to Nueces County Jail, where they were still being held on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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