A syndicate of thieves is believed to be targeting the boating and angling community in KwaZulu-Natal after a gang managed to swiftly steal a boat from a local watersports club recently

Durban private investigator Miles Mowat said he had received several reports of criminals targeting the fishing community along the KZN Coast after he posted a photograph of the stolen boat on social media. Watch here as the gang steals the boat:

Mowat said the thieves had stolen the  boat from the Port Watersports Club at around 8.30pm on 25 February.

“It was stolen by the two occupants of a White Ford Ranger. The vehicle has a chrome bull bar on the front of the vehicle and a black roll bar in the rubberised bin area. It is a single cab and also has chrome mag wheels,” Mowat said.

Boat thieves in Durban sail into criminal waters

Mowat said the registration plate of the vehicle was ND 525 388 but unfortunately it turned out to be a false number plate linked to a Toyota RunX. The registration of the  trailer is ND 686 326.

Mowat said a case had been opened against the boat thieves at the Point Police station.

Mowat said several people had contacted him to report additional crimes at ski boat clubs along the KZN North Coast.

“I have had a couple of people telling me about other boating or ski boat clubs up the North coast suffering theft problems,” he said.

He said thieves had got away with equipment such as fishing rods and boat engines had been cut off and taken out of ski boats.

“It does not seem like an uncommon occurrence. It seems there might be a syndicate operating here, because all of a sudden there has been a surge in theft of boat equipment,” Mowat said.

Mowat urged the public to contact him on 0827630287 with any information about the missing boat.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said point police were investigating a case of theft.

“It is alleged by the complainant that on 25 February 2021 at 20:00, he parked his boat on Mahatma Gandhi road. When he returned he noticed that his boat was nowhere to be found.  The matter is still under investigation,” she said.

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Presh JM Reporter

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