Boat raiders steal £1,000 of equipment from Sunderland craft

Jimmy Carter, who believes he was targetted by thieves who broke into his boat to steal equipment.
Jimmy Carter, who believes he was targetted by thieves who broke into his boat to steal equipment.
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THIEVES have left a Sunderland sailor out of pocket after they nabbed £1,000-worth of equipment from his up-for-sale boat.

Jimmy Carter was left angered after raiders got into Sunderland Yacht Club in Roker, before targeting his Maxi 7.7 boat, which he bought two decades ago, but is now for sale.

After cutting through razor wire to get into the North Dock compound, the crooks used a ladder to scale the vessel and took items including a Raytham auto helm, a propeller hub, a Garmin sat nav system, a Horizon radio, a Clipper depth sounder and rope as well as various hand tools.

The keys to the boat’s engine were also nabbed.

Detectives are now trying to find those responsible.

“The boat itself has been out of the water for a while,” said Mr Carter, 56, of Fulwell.

“I was doing all of the work on it to get it ready for sale and that’s why I had the equipment with it. But now it’ll probably cost me £1,000 to get things sorted, once I’ve done all of the rewiring and replaced everything.”

The theft happened between 10.30pm last Wednesday and 11.45am on Friday, and police are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 482 05/09/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.