Taking A Tiki For A Joyride Is A Bad Idea — Journey Ends At Jail
Marine officers in Key West foiled an unusual boat heist Wednesday morning.
At about 8 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard came across a 15-foot floating tiki bar off Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West.
Cruisin' tikis, as they're called, are circular boats with a bar. They carry up to six passengers and are rented out for things like sunset cruises or floating bachelorette parties.
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On this tiki, a man was slumped over the wheel and the Coast Guard "observed signs of impairment," according to Officer Bobby Dube, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Dube said the man became belligerent when FWC officers arrived on scene and resisted arrest but they were able to bring him to shore.
Tylyn Earl Morlang, 26, whose address is listed as "sailboat under Jewfish Creek Bridge" on the jail's arrest log, faces a felony count of grand theft and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
The tiki bar/boat was stolen from the Hurricane Hole Marina on Stock Island, Dube said.
The Coast Guard later towed the tiki bar back to shore.