Six minutes for $140k boat theft
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.