Man Arrested for Attempted Boat Theft

NEWS RELEASE 22-027 - MAY 6, 2022

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Thursday for an attempted boat theft after the Aviation and K-9 Units helped track him down in the Intercoastal Waterway.

Just after 1:00 a.m. on May 5, deputies responded for a report of an unknown man attempting to steal a boat docked in the 700 block of West Wentworth Street in Englewood. Before deputies arrived on scene, the suspect jumped from the vessel and was last seen by a witness swimming into the Intercoastal Waterway. The agency's Aviation and K-9 Units also responded and conducted a search using infrared equipment. The suspect, later identified as Matthew DiPaolo, DOB 03/15/87, was spotted attempting to conceal himself underwater. The Aviation Unit guided K-9 and Patrol deputies to his location, and they took him into custody.

DiPaolo, of 13308 Englewood Road in Port Charlotte, is charged with Attempted Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest with Violence. He remains in custody today on $15,000 bond. Video of the apprehension can be viewed on the sheriff's office YouTube channel at