SALISBURY, MASS. (WHDH) - Salisbury police are searching for two suspects accused of stealing GPS mapping screens from several boats in a storage yard last week.
Officers responding to Riverfront Marine Sports on Old Elm Street for a report of a burglary on April 18 found seven boats in storage for the winter months with shrink wrap cut and primary GPS mapping screens removed, police said.
The Garmin GPS screens are valued between $1,900 and $5,700 per unit.
A preliminary investigation revealed that two heavily-clothed suspects entered the boatyard around 2 a.m. carrying what is assumed to be a bag of power tools to assist in quickly removing the screens from the boat consoles, police said.
“The Garmin models are particularly desirable in the boating world because they provide a multitude of services to the operator of the boat,” Salisbury Detective Keith Forget said. “They could be resold on the black market.”
Multiple security cameras captured the suspects walking in between the boats that were targeted.
“It seemed to be an obvious effort to evade detection of the cameras,” Forget added.
They were then seen leaving the boatyard carrying a large bag with the stolen screens inside, according to police.
Evidence recovered from the scene will be sent to the Massachusetts State Police Forensics Laboratory for analysis.
Anyone with information is asked to call Forget at 978-465-3121.
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