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.

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