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Great story! I think you handled it very well.
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Hi John,

Great story. Glad your arm is better.

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Shoulda' shot the sucker in the knee caps. Just kidding. I would have been a lot more upset and probably got myself shot.

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John, Made my day...great story, best of all when you told your Mrs.
"Wait right here".
I too have met John, a gentleman, but an imposing large gentleman. I'm quite sure our fisherman went home with soiled
shorts that day!
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Nicely done, John. I think I would have been less forgiving and definitely would have called the cops.

(Having sailed and dined with John, I can say his calm demeanor probably helped him be a great policeman.)

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Thank you all for the kind words and support.
To answer some questions: Yes, it was Mt Sinai. The boat was first seen anchored over the west jetty, later persued to the sand spit parking off Crystal Brook Hollow Rd. It was stolen from a beach where dinghies are stored, but was only tied there as I had to install a new post. I thought no one would steal an old wooden dinghy!
As for hitting the guy, I know well enough that the first rule of disputes is to obey the law. Beating the guy would have been a crime and put me in legal jeopardy.
He paid by mailing a check, (I already have it) we exchanged information. I wished him well and still do, I hope he takes a lesson from this. I consider the boat sold and the matter concluded.
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Gary, I had to laugh when I read your "shoot him in the knee caps" but if consequences to our actions where as real as that I don't think we would have the problems we do today. Glad to hear everything worked out for you. Enjoy reading stories like this.
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Wanderer,

Yes, it is a great story and congrads on a somewhat satisfactory outcome. But you had a couple of advantages going in that most of us don't have. One your phsyical presence is on your side and more importantly the training you had as a police officer gives you an upper hand as to come across in a way that doesn't bring about a defensive reaction. I'm sure many of us don't have either of those traits so calling the cops is a safer option.

I'll also add I bet you were a very good cop.

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Consciousness of guilt is good circumstantial evidence. His trying to evade you is evidence that he knowingly possessed stolen property, which is a crime.
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Good for you in showing restraint. I'm afraid that if I ever come across the dirt bag that stole my little Yamaha kicker off my boat, tied to my dock and attached with a bicycle lock (meaning he scoped out my house and showed up with at least bolt cutters), I will recover the motor and "interest". Your way is smarter, I'm sure, but I'm keeping cinder blocks and rope in my boat to cover my tracks should something go awry.
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