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Pinellas man stole bass boat and equipment worth $25,000, deputies say

Deputies say he’s captured on surveillance video at a pawn shop selling some of the equipment that was on the boat.
Peter Joseph Giustozzi, 35, was arrested Monday on multiple charges in connection with the theft of a bass boat and equipment valued at $25,000.
Peter Joseph Giustozzi, 35, was arrested Monday on multiple charges in connection with the theft of a bass boat and equipment valued at $25,000. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Jan. 30, 2020
Updated Jan. 30, 2020

A Pinellas Park man has been arrested on charges that he stole a bass boat and fishing equipment worth $25,000 from an apartment community in Palm Harbor, then pawned some of the items.

Peter Joseph Giustozzi, 35, was arrested Monday on multiple charges, including grand theft, burglary, dealing in stolen property and criminal mischief.

Arrest reports state the boat theft occurred about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 at the Boot Ranch apartment homes in the 1400 block of Bay Harbor Drive in Palm Harbor. Two bicycles from a nearby storage unit also were stolen.

Pinellas man caused crash that sent boat flying. It’s his fourth DUI, troopers say.

A day after stealing the blue and white 2018 Tracker Nitro Z17 bass boat, Giustozzi was seen on surveillance video at a pawn shop in Pinellas Park. There, he pawned a Motorguide 70-pound thrust trolling motor and two Baitcaster rod and reel fishing combinations that had been on the boat. He received $120 for the items, reports state.

A fingerprint on the pawn slip was identified as belonging to Giustozzi, reports state.

The boat was recovered on Jan. 14 and was found to have been damaged during the theft, reports state.

Giustozzi, who also is charged with stealing the bicycles, was booked at the Pinellas County jail. Bail was set at $27,500 and he was being held there Thursday. An assistant public defender was appointed to represent him and has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Giustozzi has an arrest record in Pinellas County that includes charges of drunken driving, sale and possession of drugs and fleeing police. He is facing a violation of probation charge in connection with the fleeing case, records show.