Two local sailors charged with stealing art while drunk

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- Two King's Bay sailors have been charged for allegedly stealing art from a Fernandina Beach art gallery in May.

Jonathan Ibrahim, 27, and Nathan Mendoza, 23, allegedly kicked in the back door of the Island Art Association and stole five pieces of art while drunk, according to the Fernandina Beach Police Department.

One of the suspects implicated himself when he was overheard bragging about the incident later.

Witnesses told the FBPD that one man said that the two had been drinking earlier in the evening of May 6 and claimed the stolen art was hanging on his apartment wall.

All five pieces of artwork have since been recovered by the Fernandina Beach Police Department and will be returned to the owners. At least one of the items was damaged "beyond repair", according to police.

Ibrahim and Mendoza both allegedly confessed to the burglary, and told police they were intoxicated when they decided to break into the gallery.

Ibrahim also offered an apology for his behavior to members of the Island Art Association on Facebook.

Ibrahim and Mendoza will be charged with one count of burglary, one count of grand theft, and one count of criminal mischief. The two will also face disciplinary action by the United States Navy.


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