Thieves target boats

Thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment was stolen from several boats at two Grand Haven marinas last weekend.
Becky Vargo
Dec 5, 2012


Three boats at Grand Valley Marina, 1211 Jackson St., and two boats at the adjoining Skipper Buds facility were entered, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

The boats are winterized and shrink-wrapped in plastic for protection from the elements. The thieves cut the plastic and entered the boats, Freeman said.

Grand Valley Marina owner Jeff Noel said they also had a couple of flat-screen televisions and some stereo equipment taken from a boat a couple of weeks ago.

Between $1,000 and $2,000 worth of electronics were taken from each boat this past weekend, he said — and that’s just what was obvious. Once the owners get a chance to check their boats, there could be more that is missing, Noel said.

The marina owner said it appears the crooks dragged picnic tables over to the boats to use as ladders. They cut the plastic covering the boats to get inside. In some cases, the thieves also broke doors to get into the boats' cabins.

Noel said the boats entered were worth at least a quarter-million dollars each.

“They’re going after the larger boats that are going to have more high-end equipment in them,” he said. “They know what they are after.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



So where are the local cops at???? From the police blotter they certainly had the time to check these properties during their shift. These situation happen every winter... so where is the high tech computer systems, The cameras at every corner in the city,and 5-6 cops from the night shift at. Maybe its time we contract with the sheriff department. They seem to do more with less people. Or have we cut the amount of personnel since going public safety. I thought we were to get more people on the street after the split of police/fire departments.... Our tax dollars at work.... taxes or assessment go up and get less service for it.


Locals should check with there Council and check out the budget for Police Department coverage and compare it to the services they are receiving today, such questions should be easily answered by the Chief or the local Council. I agree somewhat with newspaperlawyer however the protection and speed of response from having a local Police Department cannot be beat. But if the officers are not representing the concerns of the local taxpayer, then a correction is necessary, including contracting out for coverage?


The marinas should actually take most of the responsibility for this. Why are there no cameras on site? Do they not make enough money off docking & storing these #100k+ boats to install a fence or cameras?

The police don't 'patrol' in this town, they just sit and radar. At night I would suspect they sleep like the rest of us, very secure with doors unlocked because this is just a small bedroom town.


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