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Brooklyn Man arrested for stealing a boat on Swinging Bridge Lake

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SULLIVAN COUNTY — On Sunday June 6, 2021 at approximately 5:45 PM, the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit was altered to the possible theft of a pleasure craft at the Swinging Bridge Marina. The Investigation revealed that Adem Muratovic, age 22, of Brooklyn had attempted to rent a boat at that location but ended up taking a boat belonging to another patron. The boat Muratovic took eventually broke down and had to be towed in. Once back on shore, an argument ensued over the theft of the other customer’s boat and damage that had occurred. Muratovic allegedly punched the boat’s dash board when it became disabled on the lake, causing damage to the gauges. Adem Muratovic then attempted to flee the scene in a pickup truck driven by his younger brother Alija Muratovic, age 17. Lieutenant Paul Pratti and Deputy Sheriff Tia Frunzi gave chase, eventually stopping the duo about a mile from the scene on Starlight Road. Adem Muratovic was charged with Grand Larceny and Criminal Mischief, both Felonies. He was released on his own recognizance pending a future court appearance. Alija Muratovic was issued numerous traffic citations and directed to appear in court with his brother.

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