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Boat Motors Stolen

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - A West Richland man stepped out on his porch and noticed that the motor to his boat was taken off and placed by the curb.

It happened on Dove Lane in a part of town that is called Bird Hill. 

Police said around this time last year a number of motors were taken off boats in the neighborhood and the suspects were never found.

West Richland Police Chief Layne Erdman said, "We want people to make what precautions they need to secure their motors, their property and prevent this crime from happening again."

Thursday night Bob Frick heard his dogs barking at 11:30.  He went outside and saw a suspicious pick up truck and his motor laying by the curb.

Frick said, "I came really close to losing a 2,000 dollar motor.  It was relatively upsetting...  it is just disheartening, especially at this time of the year, taking advantage of people like us."

Police said the suspects take the motors off the boats and put them by the street, then come by and load them into their vehicle.  The homes are relatively close to each other and many people own boats.

Erdman said, "It's very frustrating for us when our citizens are victimized we do everything we can to keep that from happening."

West Richland Police said they are looking for an older, silver, pick-up truck with big tires.  Police think the stolen motors are resold and warn people with boats to put their motors in the garage if possible.