Gang target outboard motors on the East Coast

Within a week, no fewer than nine outboard motors have been stolen from businesses, clubs and voluntary organizations in Suffolk. Six engines were taken at Alton Water in Stutton, worth a combined £27,000, while Deben Sailing Club, Deben Watersports Association and Woodbridge School each lost an outboard.

This is not the first time outboard thefts have occurred in the area – a similar spate took place in April. Lawrence Metcalfe, from Deben SC, said: “This is the second engine we have had stolen. The first was worth £9,500, while the second is worth £5,900.
It’s the same gang. The way in which they are stealing the engines is almost a copycat to last time.”

He continued:
”All the boats were on moorings. They steal a dinghy, row out, break the boat free of the mooring and then take them around the corner to Kyson Point.

Then they wait for the tide to go out until the boats are sitting on the mud, remove the engines and make off.”

Police are investigating the thefts. Anyone with information should contact PC Alison Bonham-Carter at Woodbridge police station on 01473 613500.

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