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FWC officers recover stolen boat, revolver

News Release

Friday, July 16, 2010

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

While on routine patrol of the Intracoastal Waterway in Broward County earlier this month, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) stopped a boat, a 13-foot, 2003 Sundance, for violating the manatee speed zone. Officers gave dispatch the vessel's registration number, and dispatch immediately advised them that the boat was reported stolen in June from New Smyrna Beach.

Officers secured the operator and passenger on the FWC patrol boat. They then searched the Sundance and found two loaded firearms onboard: a pistol and a revolver. Officers ran the serial numbers for both firearms, and the revolver came back stolen. Officers also recovered a combat knife and a small box of ninja caltrops (used to disable a vehicle or cut the feet of a pursuer in a chase).

Eduardo U. Lazo (DOB 06/16/84) of Casselberry, and Steven M. Umeno-Miro (DOB 05/20/85) of Sanford were each charged with grand theft and possession of a stolen firearm - both felonies. In addition, each is facing drug-related misdemeanor charges. Both men were booked into the Broward County jail.

The FWC is working with the New Smyrna Beach Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to help solve several yacht burglaries in the New Smyrna Beach area over the past month.



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