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Stolen yacht washes ashore: Suspected thieves captured(+video)

Stolen yacht washes ashore: The yacht owner saw on TV that his boat had washed ashore near Pacifica, Calif. He called the police and three suspected thieves were arrested aboard the stolen yacht.

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An 82-foot (25-meter) Californian luxury yacht owner was shocked on Monday to glimpse the vessel on a television newscast beached and bobbing in the surf 20 miles (32 km) down the Pacific Coast from its Sausalito berth.

Two men and a woman found aboard the yacht and first thought by authorities to be in need of rescue were arrested on suspicion of stealing the vessel after its owner called authorities to report that the yacht he was seeing on TV was his.

Police say the accused thieves took the boat from its Sausalito anchorage north of the Golden Gate Bridge before dawn and sailed the vessel to the seaside town of Pacifica, south of San Francisco, where it washed up on a popular surfing beach.

Pacifica Police Captain Joe Spanheimer said the suspects, Leslie Gardner, 63, Dario Mira, 54, and Lisa Modawell, 56, appeared to have intended to take the Darling on a longer trip.


Sheriffs deputies riding jet skies, a Coast Guard vessel and helicopter surrounded the sailboat, but the three repeatedly rebuffed their offers of assistance, he said.


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