Homeless man allegedly takes boat, mustard, steak sauce, and tea

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Posted by on March 25, 2005 at 19:01:17:

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A homeless man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 75-foot fishing boat from the Santa Barbara Harbor and abandoning it on the beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Donald Patrick Kelley, 41, who had a jar of Grey Poupon from the boat's galley in his pocket, was arrested a quarter-mile from where the boat Conception was left Wednesday on the rocky beach.

The $1 million boat was stolen about early Wednesday and several other boats were damaged while the thief maneuvered out of the harbor. The boat's owner said it appeared the vessel could be salvaged.

Kelley was booked for investigation of grand theft of an item worth more than $100,000, a crime that could lead to four years in prison. Police said Kelley apparently acted alone.

Besides the mustard, Kelley was allegedly found with other items from the boat's galley, including a bottle of A-1 steak sauce and a box of tea.

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