HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – A crime alert out of Hopewell where thieves are stealing motors that are attached to boats.
At least two motors have been stolen off two different boats in recent days. Police call it a crime of opportunity.
Arthur Chisholm's boat is out of commission. His motor is missing.
"Some thief got my motor and I hate a thief," said Chisholm.
Chisholm realized someone made off with his motor last week.
"As soon as I walked up on it I saw. It just screws in - screws out, so gone," said Chisholm.
The motor weighs about 30 pounds. The price tag, a few hundred bucks.
"It's going to be hard to come by another motor. I've had it eight years and it ran good," said Chisholm.
A motor was also stolen off a boat on South 17th Avenue several days ago. Police say, the thief or thieves unhooked the motor and took off. It's unclear if the two incidents are related.
John Reese says he learned his lesson years ago when his motor was stolen. Now, it's chained up and locked down.
"People tend to have sticky fingers. So I got a heavy duty chain. The guy guaranteed a hacksaw can't get through this -- locking it up, everything is locked up and we don't have to worry about this," said Reese.
Reese is not surprised that thieves are on the prowl for outboard motors.
"That's terrible. People work for a living and you have to replace it and that costs," said Reese.
As for Chisholm, he says he probably won't be able to get his boat back in the water for weeks. Once he buys a new motor he doesn't plan on leaving it attached to his boat while it's parked in the yard.
"I'll lock it in the shed I guess," said Chisholm.
If you have any information on these crimes call Hopewell Police.