1968 Pearson Wanderer 30
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
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I am an attorney and I sure as hell would argue that she did steal the boat. She didn't just "attempt" to steal it.
She purposely walked aboard, cast off the lines and took it out of the slip, quite clearly, based on the circumstances, with the intent to sail it away. I certainly would argue that all the required elements of grand larceny were met. The fact that she got only a few dozen yards away with it and you got it back quickly doesn't make it any less a theft than if she had managed to get a few dozen miles away. The only difference is she got caught immediately after committing the theft.
If you take something off a store shelf with the intent of leaving without paying for it and trip on the doorsill on your way out and fall flat on your face, dropping the item, you've still shoplifted.
I also hates me some thieves.
Of course, in my case, someone would have to be pretty hard up to want to steal my worn old 1968 Pearson. Doesn't mean I'd let them have it easy, though. I'd "let them have it" in an entirely different manner.
- Bill T.
- Richmond, VA
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain