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Thieves target boats

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM

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.

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