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Chesterton Police help in boat motor thefts

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Chesterton Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for a rash of boat-motor thefts.

Three such thefts were reported on Monday and a fourth incident—this one an attempted theft—was reported on Thursday.

According to police, at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday a witness saw a dark colored SUV, headlights off, pull into the alley in the 200 block of South 14th Street. The witness then heard footsteps in the gravel and observed lights moving in the alley. The SUV subsequently left the scene northbound in the alley and then across West Indiana Ave.

At 3 p.m. Thursday, the witness’ neighbor discovered that the trolling motor on his boat had been removed from its mount and left sitting in the bow of the boat. The door to his fish-finder cabinet was also bent open at the corner.

No damage was caused either to the motor or the boat, whose owner believes that his neighbor may have scared off the thief.

Over last weekend multiple trolling motors were reported stolen in Duneland:

•One in the 1900 block of West Porter Ave. Estimated loss: $350.

•Two in the 300 block of Roosevelt Road. Also stolen: a cranking battery and a motor battery. Estimated loss: $500.

•One in the 600 north block of C.R. 202W in Liberty Township. Estimated loss: $800.

The CPD is asking anyone with information on the thefts to contact detectives at 926-1136.


Posted 6/9/2012