Auxiliary Sergeant Mark Malvin standing next to the recovered boat.
Recently, Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary Sergeant Mark Malvin was patrolling busy Interstate 95 through Broward County when he noticed a stopped Chevy Suburban that had entered the apex at the exit to State Road 736. The vehicle was towing a trailer and boat. There was no license tag visible on the trailer.
Sergeant Malvin pulled behind the vehicle and immediately noticed that the boat was significantly oversized for the Suburban, to the extent that the rear of the vehicle was within inches of the pavement. He approached the Suburban and reported its tag to the FHP Regional Communications Center. He reported that there were two Hispanic males present and they were attempting to remove the trailer from the Suburban.
When asked about what they were doing, one male indicated they were picking up the boat for his boss and that the boss was en-route to their location with a bigger truck. When asked where he picked up the boat, he replied that he did not know the address. The communications center reported that the tag had been earlier reported as lost or stolen out of Miami. Back-up troopers were requested and dispatched. FHP Auxiliary Trooper Wayne Melzer was first on scene followed by FHP Corporal G. Slayten. An officer from Davie Police Department was also dispatched and assisted.
Field investigation revealed both subjects had valid Florida identification and there were no active warrants. When separated, both men gave inconsistent statements. One of the subjects was taken to the location where they indicated the boat as taken from. The location appeared to be abandoned. Concurrently, troopers obtained permission to search both the vehicle and boat. The search of the boat revealed broken pieces of wood; heavy scratches and paint transfer on the railings and windows. A sign was found from a yacht sales business in the boat. Officers went to the location and noted the gate at that location had been compromised and there was damage to an exterior building wall with debris on the ground. This debris matched that from the boat. A search of the Suburban revealed bolt cutters wrapped in a t-shirt in the rear of the truck.
Both subjects were arrested and transported to jail. The boat was valued at of $385,000.
Sergeant Malvin is a seven-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. In 2008, Malvin volunteer over 1,300 hours of patrol activity. He is assigned to Troop L David District in Broward County Florida.