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Florida man stole $1M yacht, crashed it and abandoned it

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A Florida man stole a million-dollar yacht, then abandoned it after accidentally crashing it into some pilings, police say.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Donnovan Russell Jester stole the 46-foot 2019 Jeanneau Leader with a value of $899,179 back in March.

According to an arrest report, he cruised off, but slammed into four channel-marker pilings and quickly abandoned the boat, leaving it to drift into an oyster bed.

Investigators found a left thumbprint on the cabin door that was matched to Jester.
He was arrested and charged with grand theft of a vessel on Thursday.