Police: Walter Palmer's Florida neighbor stole his $60K boat, crashed it


A man was arrested and charged after police say he stole Walter Palmer's boat and crashed it in Florida.

Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who was the focus of international outrage last year after killing Cecil the famed African lion, kept the $61,175 boat at his vacation home in Marco Island, Florida, according to a police report.

On Sunday, police say the boat was stolen by his 26-year-old neighbor, Andrew Derwin, who has been charged with grand theft, Marco Island police tweeted.

Derwin is accused of crashing the boat in the Caxambas Pass on the southern end of Marco Island. The incident injured his 28-year-old passenger.


Police say Derwin admitted he was driving the boat before Sunday's crash, but Palmer told police he didn't have permission to use the boat. The dentist also told police he left the keys to the boat on his back porch so a local company could do maintenance on it.

This isn't the first time Palmer has had problems at his Florida home. Last August, someone spray-painted "Lion killer" on his garage door and left pigs' feet on the driveway.

Next Up

Jose Berrios

Berríos leads Blue Jays in first start against Twins

Berríos got the win on Sunday but could the Twins win the deal down the road?


Crash in southern Minnesota kills motorcyclist

The crash happened Saturday at Highway 42 and County Road 14 in Highland Township.

Oli Udoh

Vikings-Cardinals: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings need a win in the desert but will they get one on Sunday?

Kyler Murray

How can the Vikings stop Kyler Murray?

The Cardinals quarterback accounted for five touchdowns against the Titans.

Red's Pizza in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

'Landmark' Wisconsin pizza joint to close amid worker shortage

The restaurant has been a local favorite since 1957.

Ky Thomas

Potts, Gopher defense dominate Buffaloes

Trey Potts ran for three touchdowns in a 30-0 victory in Boulder.

police tape, crime scene

Suspect dies by suicide after 11 hour standoff in Wisconsin motel

The standoff occurred at a motel in Balsam Lake.

U.S. district court minnesota - federal court

Four sentenced for home invasion on northern Minnesota reservation

The incident took place in October 2019 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Screen Shot 2021-09-17 at 10.42.39 AM

4-year-old girl killed by falling branch in Mankato is identified

She is from South Dakota, and was attending the Mahkato Annual Traditional Powwow.


Police looking for driver in hit-and-run boat crash

Investigators are looking for leads in the case of a hit-and-run boat crash on Big Cormorant Lake near Detroit Lakes. A speeding 18- to 2-foot vessel bashed into the boat of a family that had just set out on the water to watch fireworks on Wednesday. Some of them ended up in the water and the father, Terry Erickson, 39, was hospitalized with broken bones and had surgery Friday. His two children were treated for minor injuries. The other boat sped away without offering help.