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Missing Dunedin Swimmer Burglarized Boat, Authorities Say

A swimmer reported missing off Dunedin Causeway early Friday is facing multiple burglary charges.

Photo Credit: Dunedin Patch reader David Brown | Coast Guard and law enforcement attempt to locate a missing swimmer off of Dunedin Causeway, Friday, Aug 9.
Photo Credit: Dunedin Patch reader David Brown | Coast Guard and law enforcement attempt to locate a missing swimmer off of Dunedin Causeway, Friday, Aug 9.
A swimmer reported missing off Dunedin Causeway early Friday is facing a burglary charge, with more possible charges to come, pending lab results.

Rescuers launched a search for swimmer Jessica Frehe, 36, of Palm Boulevard in Dunedin, after her boyfriend Daren Nailos, 36, of Pointer Drive in Palm Harbor, reported her missing around 4:45 a.m.

Nalios reported that he lost sight of his girlfriend while swimming somewhere in the water just off the Dunedin Causeway. He was worried that she might be in distress in the area of 444 North Paula Dr., a Pinellas County Sheriff's spokesperson reports. 

As rescuers launched a search for Frehe, they discovered a string of vehicle burglaries in the area, deputies report.

As the search for Frehe was underway, a deputy discovered her fleeing the scene in her vehicle.  

Interviews with Frehe and Nalios confirmed that the couple broke into a boat at 2671 St. Joseph's Dr. East and stole various items to include food and alcohol, deputies report. After breaking into the vessel, they swam back to shore, which is when Nalios lost sight of Frehe, deputies report.

Deputies suspect the couple is also connected to the string of reported car break-ins in the area, but are awaiting forensic results before filing any additional charges. 

The investigation is ongoing.
Jim Ellison August 09, 2013 at 01:31 PM
I sure wish all the other criminals in the area would run into some bad luck like that!
KK August 11, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Stealing in Dunedin since at least 2006, 8 priors
B August 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM
lock em up and throw away the key

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