PD: Shoplifting arrest leads to boat chop shop

Posted at 1:30 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 15:30:09-05

A routine traffic stop led Goodyear police to a boat chop shop.

On December 12th, Goodyear police stopped a truck for having an unsecured load. It was determined that the driver, 30-year-old Dustin Dingle, and the passenger, Danielle Winters, were suspects in a shoplifting incident at a Goodyear Walgreens on December 3rd. Police say they stole $45 worth of cologne and hairspray.

According to court documents, Winters' child was in the truck with the pair and since the couple was going to be booked into jail, Winters called her mother to pick up the child. 

When officers spoke to Winters' mother, she told them Dingle brought a boat to her house and she "wanted nothing to do with it." She said the boat was being torn apart. 

Dingle told police someone owed him money and he was keeping the boat as payment.

When police went to Winters' mother's home, they found the boat she told police about, and also a trailer in the backyard. After checking the VIN number, it was determined that the $20,000 boat was stolen from Cabelas in Glendale. Police say they discovered that the boat and trailer parts were being sold.

Arizona Department of Correction records show that Dingle was just released from prison in August. He now faces charges of shoplifting, theft and trafficking in stolen property.