Fairhaven Police hope to identify person in stolen boat case who misled police


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Police first thought there was a missing boater after finding an unoccupied but recently used boat.

Fairhaven Police are looking to identify a person of interest in a reported boat theft that sparked a ‘massive’ police response on Monday after they found an unoccupied but recently used boat and assumed there was a missing boater.

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At around 6:45 a.m. Monday, police said, a sailboat was discovered beached and unoccupied on the south side of West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven.

Seeing signs that the 24ft-long sailboat had recently been used, police said they assumed whoever was using the boat had disappeared at sea and launched a full-scale water search which included three police departments, three harbor masters, the Coast Guard, and more.

But, later that day, the boat was reported stolen from Community Boat in New Bedford. It is believed to have been robbed on Sunday evening around 8 p.m.

Police said they called off the search for water around 1.30pm on Monday.

Police said they are now looking for a person of interest who was on the boat and was seen in surveillance footage in Fairhaven.

Fairhaven Police hope to identify person in stolen boat case who misled police
Police are looking to identify the person pictured above who they believe is a person of interest in a stolen boat case. – Fairhaven Police Department

“We are looking for a person of interest who not only may have stolen a sailboat and beached it, but in doing so provoked a massive response from police, fire and marine resources,” the official said. Lt. Kevin Kobza, Fairhaven Police Department. , said in a press release.

Fairhaven Police are asking anyone who can identify the person or provide additional information to contact them at 508-997-7421.



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