Lock up that rod and reel: Fishing gear becomes the perfect angle for boat burglars

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking Destin residents to help ensure that the burglar behind a rash of rod and reel robberies doesn’t become the one that got away.

After an inquiry by The Log, The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office pinpointed “a number of thefts of rods and reels from boats” in Destin, especially in the last couple weeks.

The reports began with Heather Thomas, who owns Destin Vacation Boat Rentals. Thomas posted to The Log’s Facebook page that “there have been a string of robberies along the harbor and bay area lately. The thieves are targeting waterfront homes and are coming in at night and taking things (Yeti coolers, expensive fishing poles, etc) off of docks and boats. We had two really nice rods stolen from our dock last night… Please spread the word so people can be aware!”

Some of the recent cases include:

On July 13, the Sheriff’s Office reported that someone burglarized a boat on Gulf Shore Drive and stole fishing gear. Witnesses had spotted two people in a kayak near the boat very early that morning.

On July 17, deputies fielded a call from Vera Cruz Drive of rods stolen off a boat in the harbor, but the owner did not want to do a report.

On July 21, a man reported that someone had stolen a fishing rod and reel off the vessel the Dawg Hunter.

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