Thieves make off with boat engines from East End

| 29/06/2010

(CNS): Boat owners are being encouraged to be extra vigilant following the theft of two boat engines in separate incidents over the past week. Bodden Town police are appealing for information regarding an engine stolen from John McLean Drive and another from Angel Close, both in East End and warning the public not to buy stolen goods. On the 22 June police said they were informed that a black, red and silver coloured 15HP engine had been stolen from a boat parked at a residence off John McLean Drive. On the following day a 25HP Yamaha engine with a blue cover and a white propeller was stolen from a boat parked at a house in Angel Close.

 “If you are a boat owner then please help us to reduce the chances of your property being stolen,” said Chief Inspector Martin Bodden Jr. “Secure your boats, and the engines, as best you can. If you see anything suspicious, or believe that anyone is paying too much attention to your boat then please contact the police.
The Bodden Town senior officer also urged people to take a note of the serial numbers on their property, take photographs and write down a detailed description. “If your property is stolen then this information could help us in the recovery and identification,” he noted. “I’m also appealing to people in the community to be their neighbour’s keeper; if you see something suspicious in your area please report it to the police.”
He also warned that what appeared to be bargains could land people in jail.
“If someone offers you a boat engine at a price that’s just too good to be true – then stop and think. Taking advantage of that once in a lifetime bargain could result in a hefty prison sentence. Handling stolen goods is an offence contrary to the Penal Code and, if you are found guilty, you could face up to fourteen years in jail,” CI Bodden added.
Anyone with any information about the theft of the engines, or their whereabouts, should contact Bodden Town police station on 947-2220 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS)
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I had my Yamaha 85 engine stolen 2 weeks ago from a small 17ft boat that was in the water on the Hyatt Canal.

    It must have taken 3 guys to get this on the dock.  They are getting desperate to be doing this type of robbery!!!

  2. Environmentalist says:

    A lot more engines than this are stolen.  I was told the same thing when ours went a couple of weeks ago.  When a boat going to Honduras is in a lot of engines go missing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Forget the fishing boats to Jamaica or Honduras, they are stealing them to trade for drugs on the canoes coming from Jamaica.  That way they don’t have to find so much cash for the bales and little chance of the engine ever being located and traced back to them.  Patrol the shoreline more and you’ll catch them.  Search all panel vans on the road at night.  Walk the beat in the districts and talk to people.  Find out who is living where and what they do to earn a living.  If you are genuinely interested in finding out who is doing what, and willing to take action, you WILL find it.  Don’t wait for people to come to you with information.  That won’t happen.

  4. Tim Ridley says:

    Funny that. I had a brand new Yamaha 75HP stolen a few years back and was told the same thing. The best solution is to have an engine like a 250HP that is too big to steal easily!

    Over the years, I have had winches, compasses, ladders, small pleasure boats and even a large boat trailer itself stolen. The most recent theft has been the large fire extinguisher clipped to the base of my house generator.

    Sadly, if it ain’t bolted down, you gonna lose it now.

    • Environmentalist says:

      Absolutely.  This time we had the engine bolted onto the dinghy so they stole the dinghy and the engine!  Great!  Took bolt cutters with them.  This is organised crime it wasn’t just a random theft.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I had my engine stolen years ago. The Police told me it would have been quickly shipped to Honduras or Jamaica on a "fishing" boat. Customs checking what is leaving yet, or just interested in duty?