Police: Florida man crashes boat of hunter who killed Cecil the lion

In this frame grab taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil strolls around in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean police said Tuesday, July 28, 2015 they are searching for Walter James Palmer, an American who allegedly shot Cecil with a crossbow while on a big game hunt in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. (Paula French via AP)

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) – Police say a man stole and crashed a boat off southwest Florida that belongs to a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion while hunting in Africa.

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The Naples Daily News reports 26-year-old Andrew Derwin of Marco Island was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft Tuesday and remains held. Authorities say Derwin took Walter Palmer’s $61,175 boat from his vacation home Sunday and later crashed it. Derwin’s passenger, Nicolas Stolinas, was seriously injured, officials say.

Investigators say Derwin took the keys from the home of a neighbor who watches over Palmer’s home. It wasn’t clear where Palmer was at the time.

Records didn’t indicate whether Derwin has a lawyer.

Palmer caused an international furor after he killed the well-known lion in July 2015 in Zimbabwe.

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