Port of C-W reports additional boat theft

Boat owners are encouraged to chain and lock vessels to dock

(Contributed photo courtesy of the Port of Camas-Washougal) A boat theft suspect, wearing jeans and a hooded jacket, was recorded on 'J' Dock, at 11:31 p.m., Oct. 19, on a Port of Camas-Washougal marina camera. Four boats have been stolen from the port marina within the past two months, and all of them have been recovered.

(Contributed photo courtesy of the Port of Camas-Washougal) A Port of C-W marina camera records this image of a boat theft suspect, wearing a wetsuit, at 10:30 p.m., Sept. 9, on ‘J’ Dock. Port Facilities Manager Jeramy Wilcox said the person entered the marina from the shore via the water.

The theft of a boat from the Port of Camas-Washougal marina over the weekend, makes it the fourth stolen boat within the past two months at the Washougal-based marina.

The most recent theft involved a ski boat, taken from ‘D’ Row. Port Chief Executive Officer David Ripp said the boat was located sunk about 200 yards up river from the port’s marina.

The port is encouraging marina tenants to chain and lock their boats to the dock.

The theft advisory, issued Monday, Nov. 5, said boat owners who have not checked on their boats in a while, are strongly encouraged to do so.

The three previous boat thefts occurred Oct. 19, Sept. 9 and Sept. 2. Those boats were recovered, but some items were missing from the boats.

Items stolen from a ski boat included life jackets, surfboards, wakeboards, an anchor and assorted tools.

There are 18 security cameras at the marina. Security camera footage shows a person wearing a wetsuit  at 10:30 p.m., Sept. 9, on ‘J’ Dock. An image of a person wearing jeans and a hooded jacket was recorded at 11:31 p.m., Oct. 19, also on “J” Dock.

“Both entered the marina from the shore via the water,” said Port of C-W Facilities manager Jeramy Wilcox.

Ripp said if someone sees a boat being stolen, do not approach the thief. Call 911 and then call the port at 360-835-2196.

Questions can be directed to the port office.