Lewis Bennett indicted for stolen coins charges by grand jury
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
Indicted and in deeper.
The case against 40 year old Lewis Bennett is moving forward through the system.
He is charged with a high stakes theft.
Meanwhile, the investigation into his wife's disappearance is ongoing.
Bennett is the husband of missing Delray Beach mom Isabella Hellmann. She vanished while on a sailing trip with Bennett back in May.
The FBI is handling the case, but so far, no revelations about foul play.
Nevertheless, the story took an odd turn when Bennett was brought into custody -- accused of stealing from a former boss and transporting stolen goods.
Bennett is currently behind bars in Broward County.
Investigators say Bennett had stolen coins and cash in several places.
Documents show us the evidence was spread out like breadcrumbs. It was enough evidence for a grand jury to indict bennett.
Federal Prosecutors say 40 year old Lewis Bennett abandoned ship the night his wife Isabella disappeared.
Eerie new photographs show us the catamaran under the water.
As the vessel sank Bennett got onto a life raft. And court filings say he loaded the raft up with stolen loot.
Nine plastic tubes containing 225 coins. Coins in a pack-back too.
Later-- according to affidavits-- investigators found more coins hidden in shoes in his closet at his delray beach apartment.
Investigators say Bennett stole those coins from a ship he worked on in 2016.
The indictment also mentions 22 thousand dollars in cash in a backpack-- investigators say that is evidence too that will be used to convince a jury that Bennett transported stolen goods.
Bennett was transferred to Broward County from a jail in the Keys after Hurricane Irma.
Thecase against him, at least temporarily will be heard in Fort Lauderdale.
Hellmann's disappearance is still under investigation.
Calls to Bennett's lawyer have gone unanswered.
The couples young daughter Emilia is with family