On the night of Sunday 29th March 2015 offenders broke into the Hythe Sailing Compound by cutting the perimeter security fencing.
They then forced open shipping containers onsite and stole 49 outboard engines of varying sizes – they also stole power tools and attempted to steal 3 inflatable tenders but eventually left these behind.
The following engines were taken in the theft:-
- Yamaha F150AETX engine number 63P/1084338
- Tohatsu 3.5hp long shaft serial number MF535BLEX041910
- Mercury Mariner 2.5hp short shaft serial number IB8243
- Suzuki DT4 4hp 2 stroke petrol
This theft was highly organised and the thieves had substantial transport to remove the stolen engines (at least large van size).
Mechanised cutting gear was used to break into the site, containers and remove the larger engine from the rear of the boat it was on.
We suspect that those responsible had cased the site or had insider information.
It is likely these engines are being transported together – if you hear of, or find any large stashes of outboards at ports etc, please consider this job during your enquiries.
This is becoming more common place – we advise all clubs and marinas storing property to keep an inventory using www.immobilise.com. 31 March 2015 49 Stolen Outboards from Hythe Sailing Club
Please quote crime reference 44150106651 with information about this incident