CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - Two men are under arrest, accused of trying to steal a $78,000 boat and trailer from a Port Charlotte man’s home Thursday night. The owner ran them off after flashing his handgun.
Sarah Freeman said she heard a noise in front of the house and noticed a pickup outside. Her husband John went outside and yelled for Sarah to get his gun because someone was stealing his 26 foot boat and trailer. John Freeman however went back into the house to get his gun; his wife went outside and saw two Hispanic males hooking up to the boat trailer with a white pickup. She yelled at the thieves to stop, and began throwing pine cones at them. They continued to hook up the trailer until her husband came out with his handgun; the pair fled down Madelyn Ave. Mrs. Freeman said the suspects were talking on cell phones as they ran away; she called the sheriff's office.
Deputies and the K9 units responded and set up a perimeter; the K9 track ended abruptly indicating they were picked up by someone. Left behind was the Chevy 1500 pickup with the engine running. About eight minutes later CCSO Dispatch received a call from the truck owner, Shane M. Poling, 38, 21923 Cellini Ave., Port Charlotte, saying his pickup was stolen. While speaking to Mr. Freeman, he complained of chest pains and was transported by EMS to Fawcett Memorial Hospital; he was later release and returned home.
Poling was contacted and said he lent his pickup to two acquaintances earlier in the day who wanted to borrow it. He identified them as Jose Juan “Chevo” Galicia, 23 and Carlos Ramon Velazquez, 23 of Port Charlotte. Poling said at 10:47 p.m. he received a frantic phone call from Galicia telling him his truck was stolen, “because some guy just pulled a gun on him.”
CCSO detectives this morning located Galicia and Velazquez. They were both arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail, each charged with Grand Theft Auto (boat). Velazquez bond is set at $5,000, however, Galicia is being held on no bond as a convicted felon.