Six min­utes for $140k boat theft

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

BOAT thieves took two mo­tor boats worth about $140,000 from Fre­man­tle Yacht Club in 360 sec­onds on March 1.

“It was team ef­fort, and they def­i­nitely knew what they were do­ing as they were in and out in six min­utes,” Se­nior Constable Mark Donnelly said.

Thieves went into the club’s trailer boat yards, ne­go­ti­ated rows of parked trail­ers and boats, at­tach­ing those they wanted and tow­ing them out.

CCTV caught a 1990 Holden Rodeo ute, stolen ear­lier from a Hamil­ton Hill house, en­ter­ing the club’s yards about 8.20pm be­fore the ve­hi­cle drove around for a sus­pected re­con­noitre and left.

At 9pm, a 1996 Ford Fal­con sedan, also taken from the Hamil­ton Hill home, and a 3-4 tonne flat bed truck not cur­rently re­ported stolen, drove into the com­pound.

Men from the Ford and the truck got out and at­tached two boats on their trail­ers and drove out of the yard.

It is sus­pected they used a club ac­cess card that went miss­ing a month ago but not de­ac­ti­vated.

The truck towed a $90,000, 6.1m, grey Chivers- model half cabin, seven-month-old, with a 150hp Yamaha out­board, on a Mel­ride trailer, while the Ford Fal­con was pulling a $50,000, white 7.1m Koolan Craft half-cabin on its trailer.

Snr Const Donnelly said the ve­hi­cles could have been dis­tinc­tive on any road from South Fre­man­tle.

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