Boat owners warned after rash of petrol thefts

22:05, Jan 13 2013

There has been a rash of petrol thefts from boats on the Kapiti Coast.

Detective Matt Campbell said police are investigating 15 thefts of petrol fuel tanks from boats over the past three weeks.

A group of teenage boys, described as skinny, Caucasian and aged about 17, were seen breaking into a boat at a caryard on Kapiti Rd last week and six empty 20 litre fuel tanks had been found dumped at Otaihanga.

"It is a real problem. We want to hear from anyone with information or know the identity of the young kids matching the description,'' Mr Campbell said.

Police are warning boat owners between Waikanae Beach and Raumati to remove fuel tanks from their boats and keep boats out of sight, parked around the back of properties if possible, to stop them being targeted until police track down the culprits. 

Contact Kay Blundell
Kapiti reporter
Email: kay.blundell@dompost.co.nz

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