Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit detectives arrested an Englewood East man after two undercover operations an hour apart.
Steven Craig Kasten, 25, 41 French Ave., allegedly sold narcotics detectives a stolen boat motor in the parking lot of Burger King, 12531 South McCall Road, Englewood East, at 9:25 p.m.Wednesday. Valued at $1,733, Kasten sold the motor for $300.
The boat motor was reportedly stolen off a 14-foot johnboat at 8293 Burwell Circle in South Gulf Cove next to Gasparilla Island
At 10:30 p.m. Kasten allegedly sold Oxycodone pills to an undercover narcotics detective in McDonald's parking lot, 1250 S. McCall Road, Englewood.
Detectives say Kasten is a suspect in several recent boat motor thefts.
CI detectives met with Kasten at the Charlotte County Jail Wednesday to discuss the stolen boat motor, but he invoked his Miranda rights and only stated he was going to prison anyway so why should he snitch on himself.
Kasten, a convicted felon with 24 records, at this time is charged with dealing in stolen property and grand theft, sale and delivery of Oxycodone, possession of Oxycodone, and six counts violation of probation.
He is being held on $70,000 bond.