Two high performance outdrives were stolen from a 42-foot racing boat for sale by National Liquidators, according to Annapolis Police.
A person or persons drove into a boat yard—where the company stores repossessed boats—in the 7000 block of Bembe Beach Road sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. They stole two Mercury Racing #6 Outdrives from one boat, which was on stilts.
Police valued the outdrives, which weigh 150 pounds each, at $78,000.
A manager for National Liquidators told police that 10 days prior to Monday's theft someone stole the outdrives from another boat his company was selling. And two to three months ago, someone stole the outdrives from a repossessed racing boat stored at Bert Jabin's Boat Yard.
The manager told police high-end outdrives are not common, and these kinds of racing boats are not normally stored at either location. He suspects the thief(s) may have had prior knowledge about when these expensive boats were repossessed and where they were stored.
He also told police that the previous owner of the racing boat tried to prevent its repossession, but he did not think the person knew where the boat was being kept.