Boats burgled

TWO motor boats worth $140,000 were stolen from the Fremantle Sailing Club on March 5.

It took the thieves just six minutes to enter the South Fremantle compound, navigate rows of trailers and boats and scarper with their loot.

“It was a team effort and they definitely knew what they were doing,” Senior Constable Mark Donnelly says.

It is believed the thieves entered the grounds using a card that was not deactivated after going missing a month ago.

CCTV shows a 1990 Holden 4WD ute—stolen earlier from a Hamilton Hill home—entering the yard around 8.20pm in a suspected reconnoitre before leaving.

At 9pm a 1996 Ford Falcon sedan—stolen from the same Hamilton Hill home—was driven into the compound accompanied by a flat bed truck.

A team of men attached a $90,000 6.1m Chivers model half-cabin to the truck while the Falcon pulled a $50,000 red 7.1m Koolan Craft half-cabin on its trailer.

Peter Gray had owned the Koolan Craft for 18 years and says the sentimental value is irreplaceable.

“It is like losing part of the family,” he told the Herald. “The boat was my pride and joy. In the past my family and I would take her over to Rottnest for short stays during the winter and we would often all enjoy lunch together on board during the summer. I am absolutely heartbroken now she’s gone.”

The club was unavailable for comment. Police urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.


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