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"Missing" Swimmer Turns Into Alleged Boat Burglar

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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

In one of those "only in Florida" stories, a woman who had been reported missing after going for a swim Friday morning had allegedly been burglarizing a nearby boat shortly before she "disappeared."

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a phone call from Daren Nailos, 36, of Palm Harbor saying he and his girlfriend, Jennifer Frehe, 36, of Dunedin, were swimming near the Dunedin Causeway when he lost sight of her.

While deputies were looking for Frehe, one spotted her vehicle driving from the scene, and when he stopped it, he found that Frehe was the driver. While the two spoke, the Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of burglarized vehicles in the area.

Deputies spoke further to the pair, and found that they had broken into a nearby boat and stole a number of items, including food and alcohol.

After burglarizing the boat, they attempted to swim back to shore, which is when Nailos lost sight of Frehe. That prompted his call to authorities, reporting Frehe missing.

Sheriff's officials say both admitted to the boat burglary, leading them to charge Frehe and Nailos each with one count of burglary. They may face further charges, as deputies are awaiting forensic results on the burglaries of several nearby vehicles.

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