Police: Man claiming to be 'Peter Pan' arrested for boat theft


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A man who identified himself as "Peter Pan" was arraigned Monday on boat theft charges after Mass. State Police responded to a 911 call from the vessel's true owner and made the arrest, authorities said.

Derek Ramsey, 26, of Topsham, was charged with larceny over $250, breaking and entering into a boat, using a boat without authority, and furnishing a false name. A judge set bail at $2,000 and revoked his open bail on unrelated larceny charges, reports the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

State police received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday after the owner of the boat told authorities an unknown male had boarded his boat at Poorman's Landing and sped off along the Charles River in the direction of the Museum of Science.

Troopers tracked down the boat in question, and as they approached, instructed the operator, later identified as Ramsey, to put the boat in neutral and move to the stern.

After some coercing, Ramsey allegedly complied. When troopers asked who the owner of the boat was, Ramsey allegedly stated, "I am."

When asked his name, he allegedly replied, "Peter." When asked his last name, he allegedly replied, "Pan."

Ramsey was brought on board the state police's vessel and arrested. During a pat frisk, they recovered a wallet with identification belonging to the boat's true owner, who had made the initial report, which contained a small quantity of cash.

Ramsay was initially brought to the Boston barracks, but because of his erratic behavior he was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where clinical staff recognized and identified him.

Ramsey will return to court on Aug. 2.

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