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Man steals boat in Florida to return to Cuba

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(MONROE COUNTY, FL) — A 30-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly stole a boat in an effort to return to Cuba.
The incident occurred Tuesday in the area of Avenue A around 8:24 a.m.
The victim contacted the police after noticing his 40-foot fishing vessel had been stolen.
According to the report, the victim informed authorities that just before the boat went missing, he had an employee who recently quit and was planning to return to Cuba because he disliked living in the U.S.
Several law enforcement agencies worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in an effort to locate the boat.
While searching, authorities noticed that the boat’s emergency beacon was activated about 50 miles south of Key West.
A U.S. Coast Guard aircraft went to the area and saw a man standing on a boat waving his arms in the air for help.
A tanker picked up the suspect and transported him to Key West. He was then arrested by authorities.
The suspect has been identified as Cristian Torres Perez.
He has been arrested and charged with grand theft and burglary.