The North Vancouver RCMP are trying to find the owners of thousands of dollars in stolen fishing gear recovered at the Mosquito Creek Marina.
The North Van Mounties responded to a break and enter in progress at the 415 West Esplanade marina Wednesday night after a passerby reported hearing a boat's security alarm.
Police arrived to find a man walking away from the dock with an assortment of high-end fishing rods and reels. The 43-year-old Maple Ridge man was arrested for suspected possession of stolen property.
Further investigation by the Mounties found that the man had more high-end fishing gear in his vehicle nearby, including expensive downriggers used for deep-sea fishing.
North Van RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Richard De Jong told The Outlook Thursday that the suspect may have taken fishing gear from boats in Burnaby and other coastal parts of Metro Vancouver. It is believed the suspect was robbing the boats and selling the stolen gear at local pawn shops.
Police are now calling on boat owners who think they may have been a victim of these thefts to contact Const. Stacey Robinson of the North Van RCMP via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.