$13000 boat stolen from Journey lot

Boat stolen

Boat stolen

Workers install barriers between fence posts to help prevent theft of boats and automobiles from Journey Auto and Boat Sales after the fence was cut and a boat stolen early Thursday morning.



Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:39 pm

$13,000 boat stolen from Journey lot

By Machaela Ballard / Register News Writer

Richmond Register

A $13,000 fishing boat was stolen during Thursday’s early morning hours from Journey Auto and Boat Sales.

After noticing a hole in the fence around the business, Richmond Police officers contacted the McCarty family, which owns the business, about 4:30 a.m., said Kay McCarty.

“When they saw the fence was open, the officers thought something was missing from where something had been parked. Sure enough, it was a boat,” said McCarty, vice president of the business. “We have had trucks stolen from us when we were at our old location in Berea, but never a boat.”

It appears that someone with a ball hitch matching the trailer for the 2008 Lowe fishing boat cut a hole, backed up to the fence and pushed the boat from the property, McCarty said. It would be surprising if one person could do it alone, she added, because the boat was facing the wrong direction to have been easily maneuvered through the fence opening.

Journey Auto and Boat Sales has several security cameras within the store and the lot outside, McCarty said. The family planned to go through the tapes as soon as they got home Thursday afternoon, she said.

Additional posts have been added to the fence so boats cannot be squeezed through in the future, even if the chain links are cut, McCarty said.

“We are just a small, family-owned business, so a $13,000 hit is very devastating for us,” she said. “My husband said if they want to steal something, they will, but we are going to take as many precautions as we can.”

Regardless, McCarty said the family is hoping for a positive outcome, and that the boat will be returned.


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