Cops: Boca Raton Man Steals Boat, Says He's Sam Elliott, Going to Film Movie With "De Niro"
A man in the Florida Keys told police he's Sam Elliott -- the mustached man of cinema fame -- and that he just won millions playing the lottery. The cops, on the other hand, say that he's 62-year-old Ira Bershatsky and that he just stole a boat off the side of the highway.
Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Becky Herrin says people called police because someone had just run his truck into a pump at a gas station on U.S. 1.
That's when deputies found Bershatsky cruising down the highway with his truck smoking and one of his tires flat, with a suspicious-looking boat in tow and a for-sale sign attached.
Herrin says Bershatsky, from Boca Raton, told cops not only that he was Hollywood's Sam Elliott but that he was a stunt double in Rocky and was heading to California this week to shoot a film with "De Niro."
Here are some comparison shots to visualize Bershatsky's claims:
From left to right: Ira Bershatsky, Sam Elliott, Rocky, and "De Niro." Or, in Bershatsky's mind, Sam Elliott, Sam Elliott, Sam Elliott, and Sam Elliott's costar.
Police say he also mentioned he had just won $27 million playing the lottery, which the cops didn't quite think was true either.
The cops decided to call up the number on the boat's for-sale sign, and a Key Largo man told them it was his boat -- a 2000 Pro-Line -- and it had just been stolen off the side of the highway.
Bershatsky was booked into jail for a few things, including grand theft for the boat incident as well as leaving the scene of a crash, driving on a rim, not properly securing the boat, and driving on the wrong side of the highway.
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