On June 22, 2015 the Abaco Chamber of Commerce along with the Marine Operators of The Bahamas, North Abaco MP Renardo Curry, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Ministry of Tourism and other community stakeholders held a Boat Theft and Security Meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister in Marsh Harbour.
The meeting was to discuss the recent rash of boat thefts as well as develop a list of suggestions that will be turned into the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
One major issue that was unanimously agreed on that needed to change was sentencing and punishment for boat thieves. The typical punishment for a convicted boat thief is six months to seven years or a couple hundred dollar fine depending on the Magistrate’s discretion. Those at the meeting agreed legislation needs changing to include stiffer penalties to discourage would-be thieves.
Also of note was that the weekend prior to this meeting several boat thieves were caught red handed and brought in for arraignment that same morning as the meeting. The police brief for this case is below:
“On Saturday 20th June, 2015, sometime around 7:00am, Bradford Douglas, d.o.b. 18/10/56 of Lubber’s Quarters, Abaco, contacted Marsh Harbour Police Station and reported that at 6:50am same date he got up to check his private dock at his residence on Lubber’s Quarters, Abaco and noticed that his white 34feet Jupiter Boat with twin 300HP Yamaha engines valued at $325,000.00 was stolen. He didn’t give anyone permission to move the vessel. Police action requested.
“Sometime around 9:10pm on 20th June, 2015, officers reported that the unit observed the stolen vessel in waters near the Ferry Dock in SandyPoint, Abaco. He further stated that there was a small vessel seen attached to the stolen vessel. Upon seeing the
Police, about six suspects abandon the stolen vessel and went to the shoreline where three males came off the dinghy and the other three males remained on the dinghy.
“The Crew of Lima # 3, the stolen vessel, the dinghy and arrested the three male suspects found on the dinghy namely: Delan Edgecombe, d.o.b. 9/4/84, Dave Thurston, d.o.b. 8/8/92 and Rashad Fox, d.o.b. 24/1/88 all of Sandy Point, Abaco. The boats were transported to Lightbourne’s Dock in Sandy Point. The suspects were handed over to Central Detective Unit, Marsh Harbour Police Station where they were charged for Stealing and receiving. The three suspects were
arraigned on Monday 22nd June, 2015.
“On Monday 22nd June, 2015, another suspect namely Edgar Pinder of Murphy Town was arrested reference to Stealing and Receiving. He was charged for the offences and scheduled to be arraign on 23/6/15.”
This story will be updated and printed in the July 1 Abaconian. Stand by for updates.