crime scene investigation

On the way home I stopped by to check the boat and I could see something was wrong. The anchor was in the water and a spare mooring line I had stowed was attached to a cleat on the front deck. I boarded and noticed that the main hatch padlock was missing and the head (washroom) door was ajar. Someone had broken in!

Nothing was missing, except a pair of new binoculars. Odd because stowed with the binoculars was an A1 Fallkniven Survival knife with a laminated VG-10 high carbon steel blade, a nice prize valued at about $250.00, yet this was not taken (I have now removed it from the boat). Clearly the bandits were not hunting or military types or they would have immediately seen the value in this knife. They were also not your average desperate for cash types because there were a number of odds and ends that a person looking for money could have stolen and sold, but all these things remained undisturbed.

So why only the binoculars? I suppose the bandits may have been sailor types who had seen and come looking for my Garmin Nautical GPS—a nice prize valued at around $2000.00. But not finding that on the boat (I always take it home with me) they went for the consolation prize of binoculars. This theory might make sense if it were not for the anchor in the water and line on the bow. I think once on board the bandits could not get back ashore because the boat tends to drift from the dock—any sailor types would have just adjusted the mooring lines—but these chaps could not figure that out and had to resort to desperate measures with the anchor line and an additional rope to pull the boat in. Clearly they were not sailors—they must be landlubbers! But maybe they were landlubbers for hire who went looking for the GPS for someone else.

The other interesting factor was that they cut the padlock off rather than smashing the hatch open. This was in fact very nice of them because it would have been easier to smash the hatch and damage the boat than cut the lock. But to cut the lock they must have brought huge bolt cutters with them—another clue that this was not a spontaneous random act by delinquent youths. It was also nice of the bandits not to mess up the inside of the boat or vandalize anything—in fact everything looked tidy and undisturbed.

After discovering the boat broken into I closed the hatch and worked quietly inside in the dark (with a small light on) grading some papers for a few hours hoping that the bandits would come back so that I could surprise them and ask for the binoculars back and of course to also thank them for not damaging anything—but they never came. I am, however, still looking out for these bandits and I can give a description. They are kindhearted (because they did no damage to the boat) landlubbers (because they did not know how to adjust dock lines) with short legs (because they could not get back ashore once aboard) wandering around Hamilton carrying huge bolt cutters and wearing a pair of made in China binoculars that they can’t sell because their buyer wanted a GPS.

As for police reports—I am not going to file one for a pair of binoculars and especially because there was no real harm done. I count it as a good reminder not to leave anything of value on a boat and also a nice reminder that even some thieves have a heart and do not go out of their way to unnecessarily damage property.

Oh and the picture - taken tonight as I was leaving the crime scene!

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