BOURNE (CBS) – Expensive boat electronics are being targeted by thieves. There are reports of more than two dozen thefts in the past month.
It is state of the art technology, GPS units, chart plotters, and fish finders. Some sell for $15,000 or as little as $400. Most boats have them and thieves know it.READ MORE: Local Animal Shelter 'Blown Away' By Donation Haul From Betty White Challenge: 'I Am So Thankful For Her'
“They’re going to boatyards, storage yards and cutting fences, sometimes hopping the fences, they cut the shrink wrap to the boats, they go in and they’re taking GPS units out of boats,” said Bourne Police Lt. John McDougall.
During the winter, most boats stored outside are covered in plastic. Lately, thieves on the North Shore and Cape Cod have been cutting the plastic, then walking onto the boats, and stealing the electronics.READ MORE: Tom Brady Is Still Mad About 49ers Drafting Giovanni Carmazzi
John Forcier is a boat owner, and hates the thought of someone ripping off his electronics.
“I wouldn’t be happy,” Forcier said. “Especially around here, water is shallow, it would be disheartening.”MORE NEWS: Massachusetts To Provide Weekly At-Home COVID Tests For Students, Staff At Schools
Boating can be expensive to begin with. Stealing electronics is adding salt to the wound.