Tuesday 23 January 2018

Brazen thieves targeting 'vulnerable' boat club

By David Tucker

CCTV footage shows a man leaving Wexford Boat Club last Tuesday night with an outboard over his shoulder.
CCTV footage shows a man leaving Wexford Boat Club last Tuesday night with an outboard over his shoulder.
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The railway gate by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club.

THE Commodore of Wexford Boat Club believes that recent tree clearance work by Irish Rail has made the club more vulnerable to thieves.

The commodore, Michael Conway, was commenting after four outboard engines were cut from boats in the boat park at the club during the early hours of Tuesday (May 10).

'As far as we can gather access to the club was through the fence on the railway line. CIE recently cleared the trees along the line and put an access gate to it from Redmond Road and we believe that made us more attractive to thieves,' Mr Conway told this newspaper.

Mr Conway said gardai investigating the theft of the engines believe they may have already been taken out of the country.

'There seems to be some anecdotal evidence about stolen outboards being shipped abroad and I know that after ours were stolen, the gardai were in touch with the police in Wales,' said Mr Conway.

'There is a lot of social media awareness and the market here is very small so it's feasible that they gone overseas.'

'The weekend before this happened the club ran an event and raised something like €5,000 for the RNLI and the Hospice Homecare, and last weekend we had 46 kids taking part in a Topper Day which was a great event and then you come back to this on Monday night,' said Mr Conway.

He said the engines had been cut from the boats with bolt cutters and the club had asked all owners to check their boats to see if more thefts which had so far gone unnoticed.

'It seems to be national problem. I was talking to the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) and they said that in the past month alone, five clubs across the country had had similar experiences.'

Details of the missing engines are: Suzuki DF50A 2011 Serial No. 05003F/210036, Yamaha F25DET Serial No 6BPK/L/ 1000385F, Parsun F2.6 BMS and a Yamaha 8HP 4 Stroke.

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