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Old 07-10-2017, 11:20 AM   #41
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Cops aren't interested because there is no profit in it for them. They can't get any assett forfeiture and can't give out big fines.

They are more interested in busting mom's for going 5 mph over the limit or seizing a car for a joint.

Same reason they don't like meth lab busts. No money there. Pot busts are much more profitable.

What??? Sounds like you fell down a flight of stairs and smashed your head pretty hard.





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Not boating related, but my wife's car was stolen a few years ago and the Raleigh City Police told us point blank that there is never an investigation into those types of crimes. They limit themselves to creating a police report and then logging the VIN number as stolen. Case is then closed until the stolen property shows up at some later date.

The stolen property has shown up.
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If the boat was re-rigged in Lumberton, the Roberson County SD probably know who stole it. That place is sort of the wild wild west. Proving it might be another story.

Boat stolen in Johnston County, found in Dillon County SC. Roberson County is right in the middle.
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Old 07-10-2017, 12:19 PM   #43
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...The stolen property has shown up.
Yes, and the car I referred to in my post showed up as well. The perp was picked up on an unrelated charge and when they ran the VIN number determined he was in a stolen vehicle. So he was prosecuted for stealing my wife's car, but he was not tracked down because of the stolen car. It was ancillary to the fact that he had jumped bail.
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I had a truck stolen in wilmington from in front of the shop and they used it to hook up to a neighbors trailer and load another persons tractor in it. Truck was currently having trans problems so one of the lines was disconnected and hooked to a pressure gauge to check that it was making pressure. It got ripped off and left a nice trail of trans fluid up and down the street as they were hooking up to everything else they were stealing, then out onto market street. Pointed it out to the police and said if they followed it I bet the truck would be wherever the trans fluid ended. They didn't seem to think so or even care, so as they finished their report a friend hopped into his car, followed the stain and sure enough where it ended about 3/4 mile away there was the truck, trailer and tractor all parked off half behind a gas station. Took an hour from calling the cops saying the stolen property had been found to when they showed back up. Clear as day fingerprints all over the place, but newbie tech ruined them all and didn't get anything useful.
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What is really questionable is it says "it was rigged in a big shop in Lumberton NC" as far as I know, there are no boat rigging shops in Lumberton NC. There can only be a select few people who would even be able to rig a boat with those controls.
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The cops should easily be able to follow the money from the person who had the "great deal" boat. Where did you buy it? How did you pay for it?

Did the OP have to pay out the $10k reward to somebody? That would hurt.


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It would not be hard to generate witnesses, if they just followed the bread crumbs. I was a homicide Det, I know how this is done. Seems to me, the local PD dropped the ball. All stolen property, should have been photographed, and documented, then returned to the rightful owner. Mr. "I got a great deal" should have been charged to remove the engine and collared for CPSP. Charges could have been dismissed, if he cooperates with the investigation and it leads to another collar.
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If any certified Yamaha dealer installed motors without checking the VIN for warranty info, there was a specific reason for it. If the guy having the stolen motor installed talks, we may get to the btm of this.

Either way, not registering the motors is a pretty damn clear signal he knew what was going on.
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where is the second motor? saying the the install was done "somewhere in lumberton" sounds like a big fat lie. If I had to guess, UBS was caught mid install with stolen merchandise sitting out in the open, and OP stumbled in on it. I hope I'm wrong...
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After I called the cops on the stolen motor the next call would be to my insurance company. "I located one of your stolen motors and some other equipment and notified the police. Just thought I'd let you know?" They paid the claim so they own the motors, in my book. It's their problem. And I never would have taken possession of any of it at UBS.

Also, why in the world did the OP offer a reward when he had insurance on it?? It's the insurance companies problem, don't play detective.
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where is the second motor? saying the the install was done "somewhere in lumberton" sounds like a big fat lie. If I had to guess, UBS was caught mid install with stolen merchandise sitting out in the open, and OP stumbled in on it. I hope I'm wrong...
That seems a fairly harsh accusation without anything substantive in support, no?

The owner of UBS mentioned in passing to the OP's father that he was doing some electronic work on a boat that the owner got a 'great deal' on the motor -- why would he say a word if he were complicit?

I also don't understand why this isn't the insurance company's mess. If the OP has a filed a claim, don't the motors belong to the insurance company under salvage provisions? In which case why would the Wilmington PD tell UBS to return the motor to the OP??
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Something smells fishy and not the good sandbar type of fishy...
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The owner of UBS mentioned in passing to the OP's father that he was doing some electronic work on a boat that the owner got a 'great deal' on the motor -- why would he say a word if he were complicit?
Karma. and if I saw my $25k motor bolted to another mans boat and my cut up custom stereo sitting on his table, I would lose my $*&@... even if it was owned by the insurance co.
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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.


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Why would someone receiving a message be entertaining to you? Maybe I'm missing something.
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Why would someone receiving a message be entertaining to you? Maybe I'm missing something.
Well, just by looking at your username, I'm hoping the message in some way leads to a resolution that results in someone receiving a new pair of S&W (or Peerless, Hiatts, etc.) bracelets.
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Well, just by looking at your username, I'm hoping the message in some way leads to a resolution that results in someone receiving a new pair of S&W (or Peerless, Hiatts, etc.) bracelets.
I'm not against that happening. Lol
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After IDing the stolen equipment, the OP should have called the insurance company and let them handle it. I understand the heat of the moment and wanting stuff back, but.......
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