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09-27-2012 04:49 PM
emoney
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

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.
09-27-2012 03:12 PM
Slayer
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

Consciousness of guilt is good circumstantial evidence. His trying to evade you is evidence that he knowingly possessed stolen property, which is a crime.
09-27-2012 01:34 PM
jfdubu
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

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.

John
09-27-2012 12:28 PM
waterwks4me
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

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.
09-27-2012 11:29 AM
WanderingStar
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

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.
09-27-2012 08:06 AM
Bene505
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

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.)

Regards,
Brad
09-27-2012 12:57 AM
HUGOSALT
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

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!
Best,
Hugo
09-26-2012 11:58 PM
travlineasy
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

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

Cheers,

Gary
09-26-2012 11:56 PM
BarryL
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

Hi John,

Great story. Glad your arm is better.

Barry
09-26-2012 11:10 PM
Schniggles
Re: Stolen Dinghy Located

Great story! I think you handled it very well.
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