DUNEDIN – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a missing woman after her boyfriend lost sight of her in the water near the Dunedin Causeway about 4:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9.
The two were later arrested and charged with burglary of a boat and are suspects in a number of vehicle thefts in the same area.
According to the sheriff’s report, deputies received the initial call from Daren Nailos, 36, of Palm Harbor, who reported that his girlfriend was missing. When deputies arrived on scene, Nailos informed them he had been swimming in the water with Jessica Frehe, 36, of Dunedin and at some point lost sight of her. Frantic she could be in distress, Nailos called for emergency personnel to respond to the scene.
As efforts to locate Frehe were underway, a deputy in the area spotted Frehe’s vehicle driving from the scene. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and discovered Frehe as the driver. While talking with Frehe and verifying her well-being, multiple reports of burglarized vehicles in the immediate area began coming into the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center.
After conducting further interviews with both parties it was discovered they had broken into a boat at 2671 St. Joseph’s Dr. East. While on the boat, they stole various items to include food and alcohol.
After burglarizing the vessel, they both began to swim back to shore, and Nailos lost sight of Frehe and eventually reported her as missing and possibly in distress in the water.
Both admitted to the vessel burglary and were possibly involved with several vehicle burglaries nearby, the report said. Deputies are awaiting forensic results for additional charges.
Nailos and Frehe were booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Each charged with burglary. Bond was set at $5,000. Frehe also is being held without bond on a Pasco County warrant.