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Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques: Dinghy & Outboard Thefts - 2017

By CSSN — last modified Apr 28, 2017 01:40 PM

Published: 2017-04-27 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2017
Countries: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques, Isabel Segunda: Outboard Theft - April 2017

As reported by the CSSN.

DATE: 2017-04-08 19:30
Country Name: Puerto Rico
Location Detail: Vieques Isabel Segunda
EVENT: Theft
HAND:1
Stolen Items: 15hp Yamaha Outboard
SECURED: Locked

DETAILS:

Between 6-8 PM while the owners were on board, a yacht moored in Isabel Segunda had the cable/locks to their in-the-water and locked 10 ft. RIB/15 HP Yamaha outboard cut, and the outboard was stolen. The owners did not hear any disturbance and made a report to the police the next morning, but were refused a copy of the written report.

CSSN NOTE: This is the sixth report of theft from Vieques in 2017, and the first this year from Isabel Segunda. The thieves operating in Vieques are well prepared and seem beyond the interest or reach of authorities there. If you choose to visit Vieques, best practices are called for, LIFT and LOCK (securely) dinghies when not in use.

Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques, Esperanza: Dinghy Theft - January 2017

As reported by the CSSN.

DATE: 2017-01-27 20:00
Country Name: Puerto Rico
Location Detail: Vieques Esperanza
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Dinghy/outboard, dinghy minus outboard later recovered
SECURED: Locked

DETAILS:

At approximately 8 PM cruisers returned to the dinghy dock on the old pier in Esperanza, and discovered their dinghy/outboard had been stolen. The dinghy was chained to the dock with 3/8” stainless steel chain and locked with a case-hardened lock, the outboard engine was similarly chained and locked to the dinghy.

The dinghy minus the outboard was found just off the beach to the east of the dock with both chains and one of the locks cut with a bolt cutter.

A police report was made and victims were informed by the local police that this was the 4th motor theft this week.

The owners indicate the police took little interest in assessing the situation – writing down little, looking at the dinghy or the area where it was left and they took no photos. The owners believe that well prepared thieves with large bolt cutters are actively operating in the area and advise extra precautions.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 27, 2017 05:47 PM

From CSSN - 24th January 2017
3rd reported incident at this location in the last month.
Dinghy was securely chained and locked to the pier while crew was ashore. One of the lifejackets was found next to the ramp adjacent to the pier. The well-tooled thieves apparently used a trailer to remove the dinghy after cutting the chain. A report was made to the police, who were described as indifferent to this continuing problem.

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