NORTH Shore boaters are being encouraged to check on their fishing gear after RCMP officers caught a man allegedly stealing equipment from a boat moored at the Mosquito Creek marina.
A passerby reported the sound of an alarm coming from one of the vessels in the marina in the evening of Jan. 4. Arriving on the scene, police found a 43-year-old Maple Ridge man carrying an assortment of highend fishing reels and rods. A search of his vehicle produced more electronics, downriggers and other boating equipment.
The man has been charged with possession of stolen property obtained by crime and was released on a promise to appear. His name has not been released.
"We believe that the accused has had access to several marinas in the Lower Mainland and has stolen various fishing equipment from other boats," said Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesman for the North Vancouver detachment. "The accused has utilized pawn shops to obtain cash for the stolen property."
More charges may be recommended if police can identify the gear as stolen. Anyone who is missing fishing equipment should contact Const. Stacey Robinson of the North Vancouver RCMP via email at email@example.com.