For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Incident: Man Arrested for Stealing Boat
Location: Cedar Beach, Great South Bay
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 12:08 p.m.

Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for stealing a boat in West Islip yesterday.


A man reported his 1987 24-foot Romarine commercial crabbing vessel was stolen from the canal at his residence on Oak Neck Lane on July 29. The victim posted the incident on social media and was alerted the vessel was observed being operated in the Great South Bay by an unknown subject.


Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau Officers John Rodriguez and Brian Martinico were patrolling the oceanfront west of Cedar Beach at approximately 12 p.m. when a lifeguard alerted them of an occupied vessel that appeared to be disabled in the surf. The officers responded to the scene and detained a man and woman who exited the boat at 12:08 p.m.


After an investigation, Third Squad detectives charged William Deppisch, 32, of 22 East John Street, Lindenhurst with Grand Larceny 4th Degree. The woman was not charged.


The stolen vessel was moved off the beach by Suffolk County Police Officers Raymond Cairo and Bernadette Benjamin on board Marine Juliet, with assistance from New York State Parks Police and Town of Babylon Bay Constables and towed to the Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau at Timber Point. Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau Officers Kevin Yoli and John Falcone on board Marine Kilo assisted with the towing. The boat was returned to its owner.


Deppisch is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 18.


A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 20-370846
Suffolk County Police Department

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