COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Take a close look at this vehicle and the boat hooked on behind it. The boat's owner said this weekend someone stole his vessel from a storage location in East Naples. Only WINK News has these exclusive photos of the heist. The boat's name, Alto Mare.
Michael Mateja, with Aqua Motorsports, tells only WINK News he just got the 36 foot vessel on Friday. He was going to keep it at I-Storage near Collier Blvd. But it was only parked there for one night before crooks struck. He said on Saturday, someone drove off with the boat, even damaging Mateja's RV that was parked nearby. Here's a look at the vehicle involved: a white Ford truck, with a back cab cover, and a front vanity license plate that looks like a NASCAR plate with the number 51. Mateja said he wants his boat back and he needs your help, so much so that he'll give out a large reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
"I'm willing to offer a ten thousand dollar reward payable upon the prosecution of the individual. It's a very sought after boat, it's in high demand, very nice condition, value over 240,000 dollars."