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Charges dropped against 2 found on Santa Rosa man's stolen sailboat

  • Rescuers attempt to grab a woman off the back of the 82-foot-long sailboat, the Darling, stuck in the surf off Pacifica, Calif., Monday March 4, 2013. Three people were arrested Monday after they stocked a stolen yacht with pizza and beer, and then ran the vessel aground on a Northern California beach, authorities said. The boat was stolen from Sausalito, Calif. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Karl Mondon)

REDWOOD CITY — Two of three people arrested on suspicion of stealing a yacht were set to be released from jail just days after the vessel ran aground in Northern California.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/ZdCsaV) that charges were dropped on Wednesday against 54-year-old Dario Mira and 56-year-old Lisa Modawell after prosecutors determined they didn't know the 82-foot sailboat was stolen.

Prosecutors said charges will still be filed against 63-year-old Leslie Gardner of Gillette, Wyo.

Police say the vessel "Darling" was taken early Monday from Sausalito Yacht Harbor, and ran aground more than 20 miles south at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica.

The boat's owner, John Fruth of Santa Rosa, saw reports of the grounded boat on television, and alerted police.


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