Ahuriri’s long voyage
Boat owners elated
up in September. Their friend in Kaikoura was supposed to take the boat for its first motor service on Tuesday, but when he arrived at their bach the boat was gone.
Stevenson said when her friend told her the boat was gone she thought he was joking. ‘‘Our hearts just sank. ‘‘It was brand-spanking new. We had everything on that boat, all of our electric reels, our cray pots, all of our fishing gear. We were just gutted.’’
They called police and started a Facebook campaign appealing to people to help them find their ‘‘baby’’. On Thursday, Stevenson got a call from a Christchurch police officer asking her to identify a photo of a boat they’d found.
‘‘I looked at it and said: ‘I’m pretty sure that’s our boat.’ We’re just elated.’’
Detective Sergeant Don Fisher, of Christchurch, said police have charged a 30- year- old Christchurch man with theft.
Suspicious activity at a Papanui property led police to the house, where they found the boat, Fisher said.
Police were also looking into a woman’s involvement in the theft.
The man is to appear in the Christchurch District Court next week.
Police were still taking fingerprints off the boat, but it would be returned to the owners before next weekend.
Stevenson said she and her husband felt very lucky to get their boat back, and were grateful to police and everyone else who got behind them.
Following the theft, they have installed security cameras at their bach in Kaikoura and can watch a live feed of who was on their property from their home in Loburn, Stevenson said. ‘‘I’m not losing that boat again. ‘‘That’s our family time. We go out two to three times a day in the summer, and we didn’t even have the chance. Now we can, we can have our summer and take our friends out and that’s what it’s all about.’’
Long haul: A North Canterbury couple are ecstatic their $150,000 boat, which was stolen from their Kaikoura bach, was found in Christchurch.