Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pirate attraction burglarized at Clearwater Beach Marina

CLEARWATER BEACH — There's no indication that Kyle Sailers is a real pirate. But police say that didn't stop him from burglarizing a pirate ship attraction at Clearwater Beach Marina early Tuesday.

Sailers, 24, of Indian Rocks faces felony burglary charges after police say he smashed the window of a ticket booth at Captain Memo's Original Pirate Cruise, at 25 Causeway Blvd.

Marina guards witnessed Sailers burglarize the building, police say. When later confronted by authorities, he jumped from the ship, said police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. Two police dogs and the Coast Guard were called in to help search the water, where Sailers was later found hiding under a boat, Watts said.

"A year ago exactly, we had the same incident," said Pam Wozencraft, who has owned the business for 32 years. Last August, she said, a homeless person broke the booth's 2-by-3-foot window.

Wozencraft thinks burglars are looking for the pirate ship's keys.

"There's just junk stuff in there," Wozencraft said. "Nothing you could sell."

Sailers was being held Tuesday afternoon on $5,000 bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

Pirate attraction burglarized at Clearwater Beach Marina 08/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 10:07am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Encounters: Trial by storm for a rookie principal


    DUNEDIN — When he nodded off to sleep, the hallway lights outside Michael Vasallo's office were on, so the sudden darkness woke him.

    The glow of his desk phone dimmed.

    Michael Vasallo, right, the first-year principal at Dunedin Highland Middle School, talks with the school's head plant operator Clint Case near the back-up generator on campus. The generator failed just as Hurricane Irma passed through Pinellas County, making for a stressful night. The experience made Vasallo long to return to his regular job, educating middle schoolers. [COLEEN WRIGHT   |   Times]

  2. Who is in charge during a hurricane? Hillsborough County and Tampa still can't agree


    TAMPA — Who has the authority to order an evacuation during a hurricane?

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he has evacuation authority.
  3. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31


    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  4. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win


    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.