These people need to be shot on site
By Chris Klint KTUU-TV
updated less than 1 minute ago
Anchorage police are investigating dozens of outboard motor thefts this summer, with some of the stolen goods subsequently being listed for resale on the Internet.
APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker says more than 25 thefts have occurred since May and are continuing through this month, at locations in both Anchorage and Eagle River.
Many of the auxiliary "kicker" motors are being sold with damaged or removed serial numbers, as well as cut wiring and fuel lines or other indicators of theft. Parker says a small ring of thieves is apparently taking the motors from parked boats, while leaving behind main engines that are too heavy or difficult to quickly remove.
"Motors are often stolen unbeknownst to the motor owners," Parker said.
Once the outboards are taken, they're often listed for sale on websites like Craigslist. Buyers who respond to the ads are typically told to meet the sellers at a public parking lot. While a man often answers initial inquiries, a woman often shows up at the exchange and claims her boyfriend couldn't make it.
According to Parker, it's unlawful in Alaska to tamper with or remove serial numbers, or possess items whose serial numbers have been tampered with or removed. Anyone offered such an item should never buy it, and instead immediately contact police.
Parker says people should be on alert for both motor thefts and the sale of stolen motors, given the number of cases this summer.
"These people are pretty prolific," Parker said.
APD Detective Sherry Price would like to speak with anyone who has responded to an outboard-motor ad since the thefts began and had concerns about the legitimacy of the items offered for sale. She can be reached at 786-8846.