On or around the 28th August 2012 there were  four crimes of theft in and around Lympstone.

Two boats were untied from their moorings in Lympstone and both had items stolen from them before the thieves left the boats to just drift.   Not only does the value of all the items stolen that night come to £20,000, substantial damage was caused to the boats. By letting the boats drift there was the potential for a great amount of damage and risk to life of any other users of the Estuary.

The following items were taken from the boats:

40 H/P SUZUKI 4 STROKE LEANBURN MOTOR – SERIAL NO 04003F210091

MERCURY 4 H/P SAILPOWER AUXILLIARY MOTOR – SERIAL NO OP335555

TOHATSU 50HP OUTBOARD MOTOR WITH SECURITY LOCK – SERIAL NO 026900XK

TOHATSU 3.5HP OUTBOARD ENGINE – SERIAL NO 075393XH

This comes a few days after there were 2 similar thefts from boats in the Topsham area

Between 2100 hours on the 24th August 2012 to 0715 hours on 25th August 2012 a boat had its lines cut and once towed to the bank; it was stripped of its contents:

YAMAHA 60 HORSE POWER OUTBOARD ENGINE – SERIAL NO 6C5L1050400

2 X FISHING RODS

On the same night at the same time frame another boat was attacked and the following item stolen

YAMAHA S40B OUTBOARD MOTOR MODEL F40BET2 – SERIAL NO 67C1045003

This boat was also left to drift on the Estuary.

Also:

Two cars were broken in to in the public car park in Lympstone the cars both had locks drilled to gain entry:

A blue Peugeot 206 car had the following items stolen, a sub woofer and an amp (no details of make or model)

A red Peugeot 206 car had the following items stolen – Garmin nuvi sat nav + charger, Sony Bluetooth radio and CD player with hands-free kit, various CDs.

It is believed that the offenders used a vehicle due to the weight of the items stolen.

Did you see any vehicles action suspicious that night or the early hours of the morning in or around The Strand in Lympstone?

PC 1350 JOHNSON would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard unusual or suspicious activity in and around the Strand Lympstone on the night of Tuesday 28th August to the early morning of Wednesday 29th August 2012 and also on Friday 24th August to Saturday 25th August at Topsham or if anyone has offered for sale any items which match the items listed as stolen.

Please phone the non-emergency number 101 and quote crime reference KE/12/2120.

If anyone has any information regarding the 4 crimes above, please contact PC Johnson or myself on 101 or my email

Sarah.trayhurn@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.

Sarah Trayhurn