Authorities: Owner follows, catches boat thief

The scene where the driver of a pickup truck crashed after allegedly stealing a boat. (Dec. 20, 2014)

BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Bangor-area man followed the vehicle that was stealing his boat until it crashed, and then chased and caught the alleged thief, authorities say.

The boat was stolen around 11:30 a.m. Saturday from a home in the 36000 block of County Road 687 near 36th Avenue in Bangor Township, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

The owner of the boat said that as he was arriving home, he saw pickup truck pulling out of his driveway hauling his duck hunting boat and trailer. The boat owner followed and called 911.

The scene where the driver of a pickup truck crashed after allegedly stealing a boat. (Dec. 20, 2014)
(The scene where the pickup crashed.)

As deputies were responding, the truck crashed in the area of 66th Street and County Road 376.

The boat and trailer overturned. Due to the “high rate of speed” the truck was going, the boat sustained “extensive” damage estimated at $10,000, authorities said.

The suspected thief tried to run away, but was stopped by the boat owner. Deputies arrived and arrested the alleged thief on charges of larceny and driving with a suspended license.

The name of the suspect, a 30-year-old Bangor man, is being withheld pending arraignment.

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