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jody
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Joined: 12 Mar 2007
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Location: Rio Dulce, Guatemala

PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:17 am    Post subject: Stolen Dinghy/Motor Reply with quote

The Chisme received an email with this notice about a stolen dinghy/motor. If you have any information, please contact the owner.



i would like to inform the cruiser community about our stolen dinghy. It was stolen last night (Friday night 5th of Nov), between 0.00 am and 6.00 am. We lie at anchor with our catamaran Schironn in front of Tijax Marina. It is an old dingy with a blue cover. The dinghy was stolen with a Yamaha 4 Stroke engine with 6 horsepowers. They cut the line with the lock as well as the rope the dingy was tighten to the boat. We even have a motion detector, so that a light turns on as soon as someone comes close to the back of our boat where the dinghy was standing.


We would appreciate if you can publish the thievery on your website to warn everybody and to advice all cruiser to look out for an abundant dinghy without a motor (we think there is a good chance to find the dinghy back without the motor).


Thank you very much!

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Sarah von Hardenberg

E-Mail: sarah_von_hardenberg@hotmail.de

Mobile: +49 1577 3130230
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Captain John
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Joined: 06 Feb 2007
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Location: Captain John's Rio Dulce Marina

PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just some information on how these thieves work.

We had two dinghy's stolen over the past couple of years. We have a video security system and reviewing the video in both cases shows the dinghy leaving the marina without any person in sight. In one case the dinghy was locked with a cable.

These guys swim in underwater using a snorkel. They cut the cable or chain where it hangs in the water with a bolt cutter underwater so there is no noise. They then attach their own line and pull the dinghy out and clear to a waiting launcha.

You never see anyone. You don't even see a ripple in the water. A dog would probably not notice anything.

We now have a night guard and once caught someone swimming around the boats at 3 AM. He said he was "exercising" and left quickly.

We are coming up to the Christmas season and these thefts will become more common. Keep your stuff out of reach or well locked with a heavy chain. A chain if properly secured will make noise.
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