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Old 13 October 2011, 08:36   #1
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Several Outboard Engines Stolen - 11/12 Oct 2011 - Sutton Coldfield

Just been notified that my boat, which was with the dealer (Meridian Marine, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5SA, near Birmingham), has had its outboard engine stolen, as have several other boats in the yard. The theft occurred sometime in the quiet hours between evening Tues 11th and morning Wed 12th October 2011.

It was a 'professional' job: the burglars cut through high-security pallisade fencing at the back of the boatyard, used boat croppers to cut through control cables, etc on the boats, unbolted the engines from the boats and then (somehow) got the engines through the fence to a van outsied the compound. They even stole a 150hp Yamaha, so they must have been a group of strong blokes. From reading other posts on this forum I get the impression there is perhaps a team of outboard engine thieves touring the UK at the moment?!

My engine is an almost new Tohatsu 25Hp 4-Stroke. It is the EPTS model, i.e. set up for remote control and has electric tilt/trim.

The engine serial number is: 070664

So, if anyone comes across the engine, please PM me.

Currently feeling *very annoyed*, to put it politely.
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Just been notified that my boat, which was with the dealer (Meridian Marine, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5SA, near Birmingham), has had its outboard engine stolen, as have several other boats in the yard. The theft occurred sometime in the quiet hours between evening Tues 11th and morning Wed 12th October 2011.

It was a 'professional' job: the burglars cut through high-security pallisade fencing at the back of the boatyard, used boat croppers to cut through control cables, etc on the boats, unbolted the engines from the boats and then (somehow) got the engines through the fence to a van outsied the compound. They even stole a 150hp Yamaha, so they must have been a group of strong blokes. From reading other posts on this forum I get the impression there is perhaps a team of outboard engine thieves touring the UK at the moment?!

My engine is an almost new Tohatsu 25Hp 4-Stroke. It is the EPTS model, i.e. set up for remote control and has electric tilt/trim.

The engine serial number is: 070664

So, if anyone comes across the engine, please PM me.

Currently feeling *very annoyed*, to put it politely.
sounds like a gang as you say 3 engines stolen from Aberdovey boat yard last month the smallest engine was a yam115.... they must be built like russian shot putters
must be a container sitting somewhere ready to be shipped abroad pity we cant find these
bastards and make them walk the plank
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I've worked out that they use a stretcher to get them away. They will off to Poland and give it a few weeks and have a look on eBay

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I've worked out that they use a stretcher to get them away. They will off to Poland and give it a few weeks and have a look on eBay

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Not necessary to Poland as they could be going further East. Here is a link to the web page of the Polish Border Guards Morski Oddział Straży Granicznej

see NEWS section. There is a photo of the engines. this took place on the 8 Oct 2011

Here a chap from Lithuania was stopped when he came off the ferry from Sweden. He had 10 outboards in his van and could not explain where exactly he got them from. He did produce a "receipt". The Border Guards released him but kept the engines to check with the Swedish authorities if they had been stolen.

This is not the first time I have read on their web page about stolen outboards. Why not write to them and send your s/n. You never know.
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Here a chap from Lithuania was stopped when he came off the ferry from Sweden. He had 10 outboards in his van and could not explain where exactly he got them from. He did produce a "receipt". The Border Guards released him but kept the engines to check with the Swedish authorities if they had been stolen.
Interesting. Anything leaving or entering the UK was probably waved through. With staff shortages at ports and airports at peak times... all you need to get past UK Border Control is a nod and a wink!

On a more serious note - I don't know why government agencies can't work closer together. If Swedish authorities can do it, why can't we?
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"On a more serious note - I don't know why government agencies can't work closer together. If Swedish authorities can do it, why can't we?[/QUOTE]

Because British Authorities couldn't co-ordinate a 'party' in a mixed sex school dormitory!
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Interesting. Anything leaving or entering the UK was probably waved through. With staff shortages at ports and airports at peak times... all you need to get past UK Border Control is a nod and a wink!

On a more serious note - I don't know why government agencies can't work closer together. If Swedish authorities can do it, why can't we?
But there are thousands of consignments that are sent overseas.

Checking every single consignment just isn't physically possible.

What else can they do?

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