Ahuriri’s long voy­age

Boat own­ers elated

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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.

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