2 arrested in Madison boat theft case
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities say they’ve arrested two Tennessee men in a Madison boat theft case.
Demetrus Virginia, 34, and Cartez Horne, 29, both of Murfreesboro, were arrested in Jonesboro, Ark., on Monday. They face charges of first-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespassing in Limestone County.
Authorities said they were searching for Terry Chike Akpua, of Bowie, Md., in connection with the investigation but later determined that it was a case of identity theft and Akpua did not participate in the crime.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said someone cut the lock at Backwoods Landing in Madison and stole two new duck boats with motors and trailers equipped. Virginia and Horne had been seen around the business the night before, authorities said.
On Monday morning, one of the boats was posted for sale on an internet duck hunting message board. The sheriff’s office worked with police in Jonesboro, Craighead County and Independence County, Ark., to set up a buy. Virginia and Horne took the boat to Jonesboro, thinking they were going to sell it, and that’s when authorities said they took them into custody.
The second boat and trailer were found near a home in Williamson County, Tenn.
Authorities in Rutherford County, Tenn., searched the area where Virginia and Horne live and said they found a “chop shop” that had the remnants of boats, motors and other parts. The second motor stolen from Backwoods Landing had not been recovered as of Wednesday evening.