Police seek witnesses as boats cut from moorings

| 30/07/2009

(CNS): The joint Customs, Immigration and Police Marine Unit has begun an investigation after three local fishing boats were cut free from their moorings overnight. Officers were alerted to the missing boats at 6.05 am this morning (Thursday, 30 July). Police reported that he boats had been tied to their permanent moorings in the George Town harbour yesterday and had last been seen there at midnight. All three were however recovered today in separate locations.

A search was carried out and the owner of the boats located two of the vessels drifting between three quarters of a mile and half a mile from the Esso tank. The third boat however, was found beached near the North West Point launching ramp in West Bay. The two which were drifting were not damaged but the one found in West Bay sustained some minor damage, police said.

Officers from the Marine Unit are conducting enquiries and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the harbour between the hours of midnight and 6am. Anyone who can assist should contact the Marine Unit on 949-7710 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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