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Old 07-09-2017, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default Stolen Merchandise found at Wilmington Boat Shop

This is regarding my Donzi 29zf and the responses that I have seen recently. Apparently, Mark DeNunzio, the owner of Unlimited Boat Service, of Wilmington took it upon himself to add his side of the story on here, so I feel as if I have the right to make some clarifications. On June 12th, 2017 my boat, which had just gotten a complete refit done, was stolen from Collins Inc. of Smithfield. This is the company that contributed to the majority of this refit. I had put my first 20 hours on the motors, so I took it back to Collins to have the initial service done on them. Immediately, authorities were called and an investigation was somewhat put in place. We went 9 days without hearing a word from anyone. During this time period, I put out a $10,000 reward for anyone who was able to find the boat, as well as the offenders to lead them to a conviction. We had multiple leads, but no luck. Finally, when we heard from Johnston County Sherriff’s Department, they informed us that the boat was found in Dillon, SC. The boat had been completely stripped; leaving basically the seats and the steering wheel. Mind you, not a scratch, dent, grease stain, nothing was harmed on the hull. Obviously the people who contributed to this crime knew what they were doing.
The first thing we did when we were informed the boat was stolen, was call the insurance company to see what steps needed to be taken. We had an appraisal done on the hull to get things going. A claim was in process of being filed at this point. This is where Mark came into play. Our family had recently purchased a 2008 Bay Rider, and my father had been in contact with Mark a few times for some advice on how the boats run, quality, etc. Our family trusted Mark and we took his word on everything when it came to the care of our boats. We needed a few things done on the boat before the holiday weekend, and Mark was gracious enough to squeeze us in. The night of June 29th, my father went to drop off the Bay Rider. As he and Mark we talking, Mark pointed out a boat that was recently brought in to have some electrical work done to it. He told my dad the guy had gotten a great deal on the outboard as well as the electronics, but that the customer said he did not to run any VIN #’s on anything because he knew they were “too good to be true”, but the customer didn’t care because he had “proper” documentation. That right there was a little suspicious. The following morning my dad and I went to go pick up the Bay Rider. We were talking with Mark as he finished up and I noticed an outboard that looked just like one of the ones I just had taken from me. Obviously, there’s a lot of Yamaha 250’s around so I didn’t really think anything of it. Mark finished up and we walked inside to settle up, and that’s when I started shaking. I saw my fusion sound system with the custom labeled wires cut out of the back of it sitting on the counter. I immediately went outside, pulled my phone out of my pocket and went to look at the Yamaha outboard that was on the back of the “great deal” of a boat. And what do you know, they matched. After this, I looked at the boat to see what else of mine was on there. The boat had twin engine controls, with twin ignition with just a single outboard on the back. Hmm. Now that just doesn’t make sense. Mind you, the motor was worth more than the boat it was put on. I immediately call the police. When they arrived, nothing gets done. Except for the fact that Mark started shaking, running into his office to let out his aggression, and changed his story about 3 times. The police then tell Mark to have the outboard removed from the boat it was on and to give me back the goods of mine that were in his shop. Until we received them, they were technically in the possession of the Wilmington Police Department. If anything were to be done to them before we received them Mark would immediately be arrested. As this was said, Mark then said that WE would be charged to have the outboard removed. Monday, we went to go pick up the outboard and tells us as we are leaving that he would send us the bill the following week.

Let me say this, we NEVER accused Mark of stealing anything, just the fact that he basically knew he was installing stolen goods. That is NOT good business. That is the reason people steal boats and parts because they know someone out there that would be willing to install them. Also, just to clear a few things up from what Mark seems to know all about. No, we are not all “mad” because we lost an insurance check. Have you seen it? Because I sure haven’t! Our claim was not filed until this past Wednesday. Thanks to you and your shady business, we were able to have more probable cause given to the insurance company that the boat and goods were stolen. No, you did not help us in any way RECOVER this outboard. If it weren’t for us ourselves putting two and two together, checking the VIN #’s, we probably would’ve passed it all weekend long. You let good, honest, hardworking people get shafted by putting money in your pocket. If you would’ve helped recover anything and given up the names of the people who contributed to this crime, you could have had cash reward pocketed right now, which was far greater than the amount Mr. “good deal” was going to pay you, but no. That’s the only loss I see at this point. Once we do receive that insurance check, we will be sure to have that money go anywhere besides your business.
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Very tough situation. Glad you found some of your stuff and hopefully, insurance will help with the rest. Also appreciate you posting about dishonest businesses so others can avoid them. Anyone that knowingly buys stolen stuff is just as wrong as the one that stole it first.
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Interesting developments. Would think the WPD's chat with the "upstanding citizen" who got the "deal too good to be true" would have led to the perps rather quickly being identified? Either way things don't sound too good for this shop owner. Damn shame.
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Glad you got some compensation & some of your stolen things back.
Sad that a local business man would be that greedy to make a buck.
Thanks for the heads up.
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Slow it down OP. I had to read a few times, which wore me out, to understand what was going on.

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I had put my first 20 hours on the motors, so I took it back to Collins to have the initial service done on them. Immediately, authorities were called and an investigation was somewhat put in place. We went 9 days without hearing a word from anyone. During this time period, I put out a $10,000 reward for anyone who was able to find the boat, as well as the offenders to lead them to a conviction.
You missed a big part here. I'm assuming your boat was stolen from Collins and the motors were removed?
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can you post a link to his explanation on here?
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WOW!! That will turn a lot of potential customers away. Glad you found what you did.
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Wow crazy how all this has transpired.
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I really don't see any proof the business knew that the engine was stolen. Even though the the guy that brought the boat in talked about his great deal, what was the business suppose to do? There's no proof what was actually said. I think there are two sides to this story and and the real truth is somewhere in between.
No one should have to go though all this because of scum bag thieves, and I hope the victim here gets made whole and has no out of pocket expense when it's all said and done. The business owner is going to suffer too with bad publicity, whether he actually deserves it or not. If he deserves it fine and well but there's a chance he's just an innocent victim and this will cost him either way in the long run.
If its proven he didnt know about the stolen engine he should be paid to take the motor off. Someone's got to pay and it shouldn't be him. It should be paid by the insurance.
There just seems to be a lot of assumptions being made that may or may not be true.
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I really don't see any proof the business knew that the engine was stolen. Even though the the guy that brought the boat in talked about his great deal, what was the business suppose to do? There's no proof what was actually said. I think there are two sides to this story and and the real truth is somewhere in between.
No one should have to go though all this because of scum bag thieves, and I hope the victim here gets made whole and has no out of pocket expense when it's all said and done. The business owner is going to suffer too with bad publicity, whether he actually deserves it or not. If he deserves it fine and well but there's a chance he's just an innocent victim and this will cost him either way in the long run.
If its proven he didnt know about the stolen engine he should be paid to take the motor off. Someone's got to pay and it shouldn't be him. It should be paid by the insurance.
There just seems to be a lot of assumptions being made that may or may not be true.
Other equipment that was stolen was on display and for sale? By the marine dealer was it brought in by the good deal customer and put on consignment? Lots of questions and concerns
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Only 2 posts on that link. Did it get moderated?
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Did UBS know about your boat being stolen? I would think as a Great customer as it sounded like you were they would have been looking out for you.

Sounds like the police didnt care to follow thru with the good deal recipient to maybe find the crooks.

Sux that can happen to any of us and not get much support, Thank goodness for Boat US theft protection and insurance.
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Only 2 posts on that link. Did it get moderated?
Just search and there were 3 threads regarding this stolen boat. Much more detail on another site.
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I can't speak about UBS since I have never dealt with them but if they were trying to sell something on consignment then they were in possesion of stolen goods . The fact that they installed controls for a dual motors set up on a single motor should have raised a flag as well. Or at least questions about what happend to the other motor. A search in the Yamaha lost data base would not have taken more than a half of hour. I bet they will spend more than that to clear their name after this.

IMO - the local authorities should have seized the boat, trailer and motor along with anything else determined to have belonged to the victim.

As for as who pays to remove the motor if I were UBS l would do anything to keep my reputation in good standings with the customers who was wronged. Unless UBS does not like working with honest people.
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This is regarding my Donzi 29zf and the responses that I have seen recently. Apparently, Mark DeNunzio, the owner of Unlimited Boat Service, of Wilmington took it upon himself to add his side of the story on here, so I feel as if I have the right to make some clarifications. On June 12th, 2017 my boat, which had just gotten a complete refit done, was stolen from Collins Inc. of Smithfield. This is the company that contributed to the majority of this refit. I had put my first 20 hours on the motors, so I took it back to Collins to have the initial service done on them. Immediately, authorities were called and an investigation was somewhat put in place. We went 9 days without hearing a word from anyone. During this time period, I put out a $10,000 reward for anyone who was able to find the boat, as well as the offenders to lead them to a conviction. We had multiple leads, but no luck. Finally, when we heard from Johnston County Sherriff’s Department, they informed us that the boat was found in Dillon, SC. The boat had been completely stripped; leaving basically the seats and the steering wheel. Mind you, not a scratch, dent, grease stain, nothing was harmed on the hull. Obviously the people who contributed to this crime knew what they were doing.
The first thing we did when we were informed the boat was stolen, was call the insurance company to see what steps needed to be taken. We had an appraisal done on the hull to get things going. A claim was in process of being filed at this point. This is where Mark came into play. Our family had recently purchased a 2008 Bay Rider, and my father had been in contact with Mark a few times for some advice on how the boats run, quality, etc. Our family trusted Mark and we took his word on everything when it came to the care of our boats. We needed a few things done on the boat before the holiday weekend, and Mark was gracious enough to squeeze us in. The night of June 29th, my father went to drop off the Bay Rider. As he and Mark we talking, Mark pointed out a boat that was recently brought in to have some electrical work done to it. He told my dad the guy had gotten a great deal on the outboard as well as the electronics, but that the customer said he did not to run any VIN #’s on anything because he knew they were “too good to be true”, but the customer didn’t care because he had “proper” documentation. That right there was a little suspicious. The following morning my dad and I went to go pick up the Bay Rider. We were talking with Mark as he finished up and I noticed an outboard that looked just like one of the ones I just had taken from me. Obviously, there’s a lot of Yamaha 250’s around so I didn’t really think anything of it. Mark finished up and we walked inside to settle up, and that’s when I started shaking. I saw my fusion sound system with the custom labeled wires cut out of the back of it sitting on the counter. I immediately went outside, pulled my phone out of my pocket and went to look at the Yamaha outboard that was on the back of the “great deal” of a boat. And what do you know, they matched. After this, I looked at the boat to see what else of mine was on there. The boat had twin engine controls, with twin ignition with just a single outboard on the back. Hmm. Now that just doesn’t make sense. Mind you, the motor was worth more than the boat it was put on. I immediately call the police. When they arrived, nothing gets done. Except for the fact that Mark started shaking, running into his office to let out his aggression, and changed his story about 3 times. The police then tell Mark to have the outboard removed from the boat it was on and to give me back the goods of mine that were in his shop. Until we received them, they were technically in the possession of the Wilmington Police Department. If anything were to be done to them before we received them Mark would immediately be arrested. As this was said, Mark then said that WE would be charged to have the outboard removed. Monday, we went to go pick up the outboard and tells us as we are leaving that he would send us the bill the following week.

Let me say this, we NEVER accused Mark of stealing anything, just the fact that he basically knew he was installing stolen goods. That is NOT good business. That is the reason people steal boats and parts because they know someone out there that would be willing to install them. Also, just to clear a few things up from what Mark seems to know all about. No, we are not all “mad” because we lost an insurance check. Have you seen it? Because I sure haven’t! Our claim was not filed until this past Wednesday. Thanks to you and your shady business, we were able to have more probable cause given to the insurance company that the boat and goods were stolen. No, you did not help us in any way RECOVER this outboard. If it weren’t for us ourselves putting two and two together, checking the VIN #’s, we probably would’ve passed it all weekend long. You let good, honest, hardworking people get shafted by putting money in your pocket. If you would’ve helped recover anything and given up the names of the people who contributed to this crime, you could have had cash reward pocketed right now, which was far greater than the amount Mr. “good deal” was going to pay you, but no. That’s the only loss I see at this point. Once we do receive that insurance check, we will be sure to have that money go anywhere besides your business.
sorry for your trouble... I read the other thread.
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Hopefully the police do a full investigation. I bet if the shop was involved it shouldn't be to hard to connect the truck in the video to someone there or to someone who brought the motors in. Also cell phone records of the night it got missing and the week after may connect the missing dots. I am sure he has the name of who brought the motors in? This shouldn't be to hard for the police to track down. Keep us posted I am sure there is going to be more to the story. Good luck!
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Can't believe the police didn't pursue this further! Obviously then understood it to be stolen property - and at a cost that would make it grand theft. What reason did they give you for not investigating further?
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Bad situation. Thanks for posting your story.

Question: Why did the police not ask for the name of Mr. Good Deal customer and follow that obvious lead? I mean I'm not a detective but I used to watch CSI. How hard could it be to follow the bread crumbs on this one?
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