The Man Who Killed Cecil The Lion Gets Huge Dose Of Karma At Last
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer caused a lot of backlash all over the world last year after he shot and killed a beloved lion named Cecil outside the Hwange National Park in Western Zimbabwe.
But this week, he did receive some delayed karma when a thief stole his boat and crashed it at the Caxambas Park Marina in Marco Island, Fla., according to the Naples Daily News below:
Andrew Derwin, 26, of Marco Island, was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of grand theft. Police said he stole and crashed Walter Palmer’s boat off Caxambas Pass.
Officials initially were called to a boat crash at the Caxambas Park Marina.
Marco Island Fire Rescue and Collier County EMS performed first aid. Derwin’s passenger, Nicolas Stolinas, suffered serious injuries when struck by the vessel’s propeller.
Police said they soon learned the boat was stolen and registered to Palmer.
Derwin, Palmer’s neighbor, took the keys to the boat from the rear lanai of Palmer’s home Sunday, according to Marco Island police.
A woman who watches over Palmer’s house told officials the Minnesota dentist left the keys on the lanai for a boat maintenance person to service the vessel. Palmer was supposed to let the woman know when to take the boat keys back inside the house.
The boat is valued at $61,175.
Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrest records state Derwin has been arrested 13 times before on various charges, including driving under the influence, forgery and fleeing from law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office website states he still was in custody Wednesday, with bail set at $10,000.
Palmer made headlines last July for killing a prized lion while on a hunting trip in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
His Marco Island vacation home was vandalized last August. Someone spray-painted the words “Lion killer!” in blue on the white garage door of the $1.1 million home. The vandals also left at least seven pickled pig’s feet on the home’s driveway near the street.