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Boat thief comes back for more

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MARCH 13 — A Michigan man who reportedly stole the same $2 million yacht numerous times — and crashed it — has agreed to pay at least $26,000 to the owner of the boat.

Khristopher K. Dorn, 33, of St. Clair Shores, pleaded guilty March 7 in Macomb Circuit Court on charges of attempted larceny, the Macomb Daily newspaper reported. Charges of burglary of a vessel, unlawful use of a vessel and being a habitual criminal were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

Authorities say Dorn took the 55-foot Viking, owned by millionaire Larry Ross (who split a $363 million lottery prize in 2000), “a half dozen times” and was paid to take people on party cruises on the boat, according to the news report. Dorn was apparently able to gain access to the boat, which was berthed at Jefferson Beach Marina, by claiming he was Ross’ cousin.

“He turned it into a party boat,” assistant Macomb prosecutor Michael Macherzak says in the report. “It appears it was for a profit. You can call it criminal entrepreneurship.”

Dorn was apprehended last June 19 after someone at the marina noticed that the boat was missing and contacted Ross, the report says. Coast Guard officials found the boat damaged off the St. Clair River, near Port Huron.

Dorn is scheduled to be sentenced April 27, the report says.

— Jason Fell