DATE: 2022-07-15 11:55
LOCATION: Martinique (France) – Fort de France
STOLEN ITEMS: center console dinghy/20HP Tohatsu outboard
DETAILS: A cruiser cable locked their center console dinghy/ 20HP outboard at the main Ft. de France dinghy dock to check in. Four(4) men sat on a bench opposite the dock. When he returned 90 minutes later at about noon, the men and the dinghy were gone.
The victim contacted police and using information from installed cell based tracking devices they all went to a nearby location and found the dinghy and 2 of the 4 men on a commercial day boat attempting to leave the area. It was clear they had attempted to remove the engine, which was well locked to the dinghy.
The 2 men were taken into custody and a formal report was filed. The dinghy was returned to its owner. No forensics were collected. Two days later the police contacted the victim and indicated that judicial officials were not going to proceed with prosecution, and the 2 men had been released. No further explanation was provided.