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Havre de Grace Crime: Boat Sinks After Theft

The following information was supplied by the Havre de Grace Police Department. In cases where a criminal charge is noted, the information provided does not indicate a conviction.

A 25-foot MacGregor fiberglass sailboat sank at the last month after it was looted and vandalized.

The mast was cut out of the boat and other fittings were removed, leaving holes in the hull, causing it to sink, according to spokeswoman Julie Morgan.

Damages were estimated at between $30,000 and $40,000, Morgan said.

The boat was intact at its slip in the as of Jan. 11, according to the owner, who resides in Olney. Police do not know exactly when the crime took place and there are no suspects.

Other incidents from the :

Revolution Street, 700 block, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. A home was broken into via an unlocked and open front door. The house was ransacked, but it isn’t known if anything is missing. Police have no suspects.

Congress Avenue, 700 block, between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31. Headphones valued at $299 were stolen during basketball practice at . Police have no suspects.

Pulaski Highway, 900 block, 2 a.m. on Jan. 31. Steven Anthony Arigo, 46, unit block of Spring Knoll Court in Colora was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stay right of center.

Battery Drive, 400 block, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 30. Car rims valued at $2,000 were stolen from the back yard of a residence. Police have no suspects.

See a map of where these incidents took place.
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John Cole February 04, 2012 at 11:34 AM
I think there might be an error in the evaluation of damage to the sailboat; a 25' MacGregor, depending on age, will sell between $1,500 and $15,000
Alicia February 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
They are probably adding in all the equipment and miscellaneous things inside the boat also.
Captain Steve Weisbrod February 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Wow!... you don't see many 'gold-plated' MacGregor 25s. Of course, they may be valueing it as an 'antique' as they haven't made any since 1987.
Sean Welsh February 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
John, I was told the value of the boat itself was much less than the "total loss" provided to the police for the report. My assumption is that the recovery of the boat, etc., may factor into that figure. -Sean
John Cole February 05, 2012 at 09:42 AM
Hi Steve: I too feel the police are over estimating. All it needs is some air bags, a compressor, and a tow to the travel lift to be cut up and disposed of. I would think $10,000 would cover everything, including the value of the boat.
Jameson Hughes February 05, 2012 at 08:54 PM
The owner of the boat provided the estimates.
Roland February 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
That boat has been a neglected derelict at the island for more than six years. The boat has been open to the weather that long and sank more likely because it filled with rain water. I've worked at the marina and have had a boat on the marina side and the island for 18 years and I have seen it happen to more than one boat. The vessel has been on the bottom for at least 3 months and the mast was on it when it first went down. I notified the marina in November. They notified the owner. It was a worthless derelict when intact and the owner should be fined for leaving such a unseaworthy hazard. Rules and Regulations 1 and 2 of the yacht basin state that any and all boats must be in a seaworthy condition and maintained on the outside. It wasn't. I know several boaters that keep their boats at the island and have never heard of anyone's boat being vandalized or looted. I have never had any problems. To this I will testify..... Makes me wonder what kind of flim flam is being played on the insurance co. As for raising the vessel, John is right about the procedure and the owner should be held accountable for the cost of raising it. And for uttering false statements to the police. He is wasting our taxpayer dollars.
Tom Fitzpatrick February 06, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Yup!
John Cole February 07, 2012 at 02:15 AM
The vanishing of "precious metal" sounds like a "RODNEY"- Is he at large again?
Roland February 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
"precious metal" ? As in aluminum? Probably in the scrap yard by now.
Roland February 16, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The derelict was cut up yesterday 2/15/12 by a salvor. Worthless piece of junk it was it actually cost the salvor as there was no lead in the keel, just steel.

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