Police ask for assistance in theft

Published on Thu, Jul 19, 2001 by Brendan Shriane

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Police ask for assistance in theft

By Brendan Shriane

Blaine police are asking for the public’s help finding the thief who stole specialized fishing equipment from a local web locker.

Local fisher Danny Thomas had stored several plastic tool boxes in his locker off the sawtooth dock on the evening of July 2, intending to load them onto his boat later that week. When he returned the following morning, the boxes were gone.

“It must have been someone who saw him put it in there,” said Blaine police detective Doug Balmer. “Most of those lockers just contain nets.” Balmer said that, while the door of the locker was locked, the thief may still have gained access by forcing open a section of the door.

The three plastic toolboxes contained electrical connections and assorted fittings and tools. “These were specialized tools unique to the fishing industry,” Balmer said. “It’s things he’s acquired over the years to maintain his boat.” He added that Thomas did not have insurance to cover the $2,000 loss. “He’s just out and it’s really going to hurt him this year,” he said.

Balmer asked that anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity, people or vehicles near the sawtooth dock at Blaine Harbor to contact him at the police station..

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