Blaine youths take multi-modal joyride
Blaine police weren’t sure at first if the theft of a car from a downtown Blaine residence and of a large yacht from the Blaine marina Monday night were related, but when three of the juveniles involved were apprehended Tuesday they admitted to both charges. “As we follow this up we’re still looking for a fourth and possible a fifth juvenile,” said Blaine police chief Mike Haslip.
A 1985 purple Ford Escort was stolen Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m. from a residence in the 900 block of Third Street. Police said that the keys had been left in the ignition. As the car was being driven off the driver collided with at least two nearby houses while driving across lawns and through flower beds. Police estimated damage at around $3,000.
The scraped up car was later discovered abandoned in the Blaine marina parking lot near the marina office, where it was being thoroughly tested for fingerprints and other evidence by Blaine police detective Dan Sartain on Tuesday before being returned to the owner.
At about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Zazoo, a five-year-old 40-foot Bayliner yacht belonging to Rick Seimears of Ferndale, was stolen out of the Blaine Marina, near where the stolen Escort was found. It was discovered by the Coast Guard at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning beached on a sand bar just west of Lily Point at Point Roberts. The boat appeared unscathed as it was driven onto a part of the beach that was free of the large boulders that cover Lily Point at low tide. Though no value was assigned to the recovered yacht, similar boats typically sell for around $200,000 depending upon age and equipment.
The yacht was re-floated on the high tide and taken to the Semiahmoo Marina where damage was assessed at $25,000.
Officers continued investigating the incidents and apprehended three juveniles when they returned to the Blaine Marina Tuesday evening. “The suspects admitted to having taken the vehicle, having collided with the houses while joyriding, and then to stealing the boat from the harbor,” Haslip said.
In addition, officers determined that at least one other vessel, the Alley Cat, a 40-foot Bayliner similar to the stolen the Zazoo and moored at slip K-26, had seven bottles of liquor stolen from it sometime on Monday. Keys and flotation equipment from the Alley Cat were found in the car.
The three Blaine area juveniles were taken into custody and booked on second degree burglary, first degree theft and first degree possession of stolen property. The teenagers range in age from 15 to 17 years of age.