VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies on Florida’s east coast had to borrow a boat to track down a thief.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office shared video to its Facebook page showing its deputies approaching a boater, asking for help to catch someone accused of stealing a Jet Ski and taking it onto the river.
Ronald Williams, 48, is accused of taking the Jet Ski on Sunday afternoon, and floated away on it after he couldn’t get it started, WFTS reported.
Deputies approached a family about to head out on the water in Ormond Beach, asking for help. The family volunteered their boat to the officers, who boarded it and took off to find Williams.
Video the sheriff’s office posted to Facebook shows that as the deputies approached Williams, they asked him to swim to them. Williams can be heard shouting back, “I don’t know how to swim.” A deputy shouts back, “So you’re gonna take a Jet Ski and you don’t know how to swim?”
Deputies then used rope to tether the Jet Ski to the boat and brought both vessels and Williams back to shore.
Ronald Williams is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and trespassing, according to court records.