|FYI — June 2005|
|By Brad Dunn|
Police report that a few days before Christmas, two high school seniors looted the seven largest powerboats in the White Bay Marina and Resort on Lake Michigan and made off with about $30,000 worth of equipment, including outboard motors, plasma TVs, DVD players, GPS systems, depthsounders, VHFs, stereos, and flares. “They must have spent several hours going through the boats,” says Detective Brandon Mahoney of the Whitehall Police Department. “They definitely sought out the big-ticket items.”
Detectives believe the suspects must have used a pass code to enter the building without setting off alarms, and they almost got away with it—until police received an anonymous tip and arrested Matthew Dalrymple, 18, and Erich Thomas, 17, in March. When the duo realized that police were onto them, they started dumping their pricey plunder all over town, in commercial trash bins and random dumpsters. Detectives even found a 42-inch plasma TV worth $4,500 at the bottom of a river. “They got spooked,” Mahoney explains.
Most of the stolen goods were recovered and returned to their owners, but police said many items were either destroyed or are still missing. The warehouse had to send out letters over the holidays asking owners to visit their boats and check their belongings to see if their boat had been targeted.
The teens were each charged with five counts of felony larceny and face up to ten years in prison if convicted. Their attorneys would not comment on the case.
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This article originally appeared in the May 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.