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Dinghy engine thief caught!! Fake CraigsList Ad

Our dinghy engine and gas tank was stolen on Saturday while we were ashore getting dinner. We were really shocked. The dinghy looked somehow naked without the engine. It was very weird and very upsetting.

The guy untied the dinghy anchor line. (Yes, in 1 foot of water, he didn't just pick up the little anchor.) Then he got tools from his car, since the little tabs are broken off that help you unscrew it off the transom. Then he lugged the 20 hp engine into his car.

Very long story made short, they nabbed him trying to sell it Tuesday night to an undercover cop. You see, there was this "outboard wanted" ad on Craigslist, and the bad guy replied.

Wanted outboard -- 15 to 30 horsepower

He got charged with a Class E Felony, possession of stolen property in the 4th degree (value over $1,000). He'll likely plea it down to a misdemeanor, since it's his first bout with the law. Said the police in the area where it was stolen: We know the family, they've committed a lot of thefts. (They recognized the last name immediately.) I'll not name him on an open forum, although since he confessed, it's probably OK to do so.

[Edit: Edward Persico of Long Island, NY pled guilty, as mentioned later in this thread.]

It seems his brother works at a marina somewhere near Riverhead. This made him very smooth and convincing on the phone to the "buyer". (Yes, the detective let me hear a recording of the conversation.) He was 100% believable about how he was the original owner and how his brother did the maintenance on it. Very very smooth. Scarily smooth.

According to a cop friend, they probably could have charged him with another felony, Criminal Mischief, since he left us stuck on shore at night with no way to get to our boat. (It was a very windy weekend, which made the next day's paddling on a borrowed kayak less than easy.) We ended up staying overnight with relatives nearby.

I got to watch the arrest with the other family member who saw that it was stolen. It was exhillerating to get the engine back, and when they pulled the gas tank from the trunk of the bad guy's car, we cheered!

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Got to love Craigslist!
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Good story with a good ending!

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According to a cop friend, they probably could have charged him with another felony, Criminal Mischief, since he left us stuck on shore at night with no way to get to our boat. (It was a very windy weekend, which made the next day's paddling on a borrowed kayak less than easy.) We ended up staying overnight with relatives nearby.
No oars/paddles in the dinghy???? Around here that would be a fine if inspected..
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Great success story. Thanks for sharing.
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That has to be some kind of record for speed of resolution of a theft like that! Glad for the happy ending.
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No oars/paddles in the dinghy???? Around here that would be a fine if inspected..
Dinghy is well outfitted, whistle tied to the inside eye bolt, life jackets, 2 new oars. RIBs don't row so well in the wind. Not going to row 2 or 3 hundred yards in the wind that we had Saturday night. and by the time the police came and did a flashlight search of the area (found the anchor), it was getting very late.

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Interesting idea, I know of several stories where people found their stolen bicycles on Craigslist and met up with the thief to get the bike back but I've never heard of someone setting up a honey pot ad in the wanted section. Smart
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Here's a motivated guy getting his bike back: youtube.com/watch?v=SKTdeXH0Iz0
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Re: Dinghy engine thief caught!! Fake CraigsList Ad

Excellent, expeditious outcome warms my heart!
Good for you, Good for police.

Wouldn't want to row if i didn't have to either...
Was out on central LI Sound Saturday with winds
@26 gusting to 35, (thinking were stronger out where
Brad was)Sunday wasn't much different
but had wind at back for sail home.
Sail yes, row no.
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Glad to hear you got your pusher back! Isn't it remarkable that the family, not just your thief, are well know thieves.

Our motor has a bicycle chain lock that secures it to the RIB. Nothing a small set of bolt cutters wouldn't make quick work getting through. I run on the theory that the dinghy next to mine would just be easier and probably targeted first.
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