Thieves target dive boat for snorkel kit

| 26/10/2017 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The police are appealing for information after a local dive boat was targetted twice over the last week by thieves who made off with dozens of pieces of snorkel gear. The RCIPS received a report at about 12:45pm yesterday that 35 snorkel masks and 7 pairs of fins had been taken from the Skin Diver, a vessel moored at Palm Heights Drive in Snug Harbour from Don Foster’s dive operation. The kit was stolen sometime between 3:30pm on Tuesday, 24 October, and 7:00am Wednesday.

Officers dealing with the case said it was the second such incident within a week involving the same boat. Police are now asking anyone that may have any information on the thefts or may have seen the equipment to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call George Town Police Station at 949-4222. Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here.

Cayman News Service

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is so sad.
    I’ve had so much stolen off of my boat. Stupid things but things that I must replace. I’ve now locked down every single thing so that now it takes me about half an hour to unlock to leave the dock!

  2. Real345talk says:

    Conch season comin up ena

  3. Anonymous says:

    I agree with 7:33. It is ridiculous that in Cayman it is not illegal to have stolen property in your possession. The police have to prove that you had the intent to deal in stolen property which is a ridiculously high burden. We need to make possession of stolen property without some clear innocent reason a separate crime punishable by 10 years in prison. That will reduce the attraction of having stolen property and those caught will be off the streets long enough to reduce crime in our community.

  4. SSM345 says:

    Kunk season in t-minus 4 days……

  5. Anonymous says:

    You do have to wonder if this was theft for personal gain or a deliberate attack on that particular dive company, possibly by a disgruntled former employee? These are not exactly high value items that are easy to re-sell are they?

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s most likely the alcoholics and crack addicts who took them for poaching lobsters.

    • Anonymous says:

      They’re not cheap either!! And this business relies on this equipment! Plus, it’s not just ONE set…

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think any former employee would really do that ( even tho that can be possible). If the equipment is marked with the dive shops name its make no sense for a former employee to really steal it and try to sell it or even use those equipment. Dive Instructors on this island don’t make much money and when it comes to gear that they use it’ll be gear that is gonna be better quality than that what was stolen.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Stolen property is undoubtedly the largest Cayman Islands goods export. The stolen dive gear is no doubt on the way to Honduras or Jamaica or is already there. The ease and frequency with which property crime is now committed is s a result of outdated laws and overstretched police and Customs departments. Part of the reason that the police and Customs are overstretched is that the courts which tend to run a revolving door for the career criminals who handle stolen goods. If you read the crime reports the penalty for a career criminal with multiple convictions for fencing thousands of dollars in stolen property is less than the penalty you or I would be handed for not wearing a seat belt. The trade in stolen goods in Cayman is run by very well organized criminals. When are our government and our courts going to treat these crimes seriously? We need racketeering laws and stiffer penalties to take the profit out of these crimes. Only then will they stop.

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