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Man on probation charged with stealing jet skis from Celebration Pointe

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Jeremy Daniel Turner, 39, was charged yesterday with stealing two jet skis on a trailer from an empty lot at Celebration Pointe.

The theft was reported on January 19, when the victim told Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies that the watercrafts were on the property that morning but were gone later in the day.

The victim’s wife received three toll violations on January 19 in the Tampa area, and investigators found that Turner was the registered owner of the vehicle pulling the trailer. Turner was on probation for a drug possession charge and was working in St. Petersburg as an electrician with permission from his probation officer.

Detectives from the St. Petersburg Police Department visited Turner’s address in St. Petersburg on April 8 and found a double jet ski trailer with 2 jet skis in the front yard. The detectives found that the emblems had been changed from Yamaha to BMW, the jet skis had been painted, and old Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) that were registered to Turner had been placed on the two watercraft. The HINs came back to a 1996 and 1999 model, while these jet skis had new digital displays that were clearly newer than those model years.

The detectives made contact with Turner, who told them he bought the jet skis from someone near Alachua but couldn’t remember exactly how much he paid. The detectives located the original HINs, confirming that the jet skis were stolen.

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On April 26, Turner’s probation officer filed an affidavit stating that he had violated his probation by failing a drug test, so Turner was re-arrested on May 13. The grand theft charges for the jet skis and trailer were added yesterday. He is being held without bond.

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