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Carolina Beach Police See Increase In Boat, Trailer Thefts

The Carolina Beach Police Department has been busy investigating cases where boats are stolen on their trailers or right from the dock.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Police Department has been busy investigating cases where boats are stolen on their trailers or right from the dock.
Detective Harry Humphries explained last week that over the last four months the Town has seen a drastic increase in boat and trailer theft.
Each case has it's own unique twist, but the bottom line is, owners need to take steps to better secure their vessels in and out of the water.
In the last two months there have been four cases. Last week a boat was stolen from a dock in Carolina Beach and ultimately recovered by North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries officers near Holden Beach.
Another case involved a boat taken from the area of Spencer Farlow Drive.
Earlier this month a brand new $25,000 Carolina Skiff and its trailer were taken from the Georgia Avenue area on the North End during the daytime.
It was so new the owner had not yet had the registration numbers placed on the side of the boat. That boat was in the water, so detectives know the thieves are very bold taking it out of the water, putting it on a trailer and doing so in broad daylight with neighbors watching.
Another boat was recently taken from the Federal Point Yacht Club off Saint Joseph Street.
Detective Humphries said, "We need people to be aware they need not leave the keys in their boats and they should secure them using any means possible."
Humphries said owners can secure boats on trailers by simply running a chain through the wheels and securing them with a pad-lock.
He said the department will begin stepping up random patrols using their own police boat in hopes the visibility of officers on the water will deter further incidents.
About four months ago a boat on a trailer was taken from the area of the Carolina Beach Lake. It was ultimately found in far inland in Columbus County. Someone walking along the banks of tributary noticed a partially sunk boat.
The thieves had stripped the boat of the motor and all electronics such as GPS, Depth finders and other devices. They tied it to a tree to remove it from the trailer and then put it in the water and punctured the hull attempting to hide the evidence.
Detective Humphries explained, "We hadn't had a boat stolen here in years and then all of a sudden we have five cases."