Vandals ransack motorboat before making off with rare outboard engine

Yachting Boating World: Devon and Cornwall Police are searching for the thieves who ransacked a motorboat near Plymouth following the incident earlier this month.

 

Police in Devon are appealing for information after vandals ransacked a motorboat in Plymstock and stole its rare outboard engine. The thieves cut through mesh fencing at the Plymouth Marine Centre in Pomphlett Road between 5.30pm on April 7 and 7am the next day.

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Once inside, the offenders targeted a Gobbi 19 limited edition powerboat moored just outside the marina, causing extensive damage.

In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “They ripped out the seats and threw them in the sea, pulled off the boat’s transom leaving it hanging at the back of vessel and ripped out the helm box and cabling.

“The thieves then escaped with a Yamaha 1998 offshore exhaust power shorts outboard engine, valued at £3,000 and just one of two in the country.”

Officers investigating the crime are appealing for witnesses to the theft and are asking anyone who has information to call Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting crime reference CR/23546/15.
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