Jack Curtis | Florida Man January 16

Jack Curtis Leads Police On Wild Chase After Stealing Truck Towing Sea-Doos; They Had GPS Tracking | January 16

Miami: As a family was cleaning their Sea-Doos at the Dunedin Marina, a thief, identified as Jack Curtis, ran up to their truck, jumped in and took off pulling two of the family’s Sea-Doos in a trailer behind him.

The incident prompted a law enforcement pursuit over two counties in which helicopters from two agencies were used to track the thief and eventually take him into custody, an arrest affidavit states.

The incident occurred on July 21 when a 41-year-old man and his family had just returned to the marina, 150 Marine Plaza, and were washing their Sea-Doos. Their truck was running and two Sea-Doos were on a trailer attached to the truck. Suddenly, a man ran up to the truck, jumped in and drove away. Pinellas sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene.

The Sea-Doos’ owner quickly called the Dodge You Connect System, and deputies on scene learned that the stolen vehicle could be tracked with GPS. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was called and took over the pursuit. At some point, the truck turned east onto Interstate 4.

Deputies on the ground eventually took Curtis into custody with a canine unit, though the Sea-Doos were not immediately found.

The suspect, Jack Curtis, 39, of Tampa, was recently booked in to the Pinellas County jail in connection with the incident. He faces a felony charge of grand theft.

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