Police searched for the thief of the Cape Coral engine boat
CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Frankie and Barb Kropacek said it’s been almost two months since their boat’s engine was stolen.
Cape Coral police said it was one of five machines taken from Snow Bird Storage on SW Pine Island Road.
“You can really see where they took the gabas, a battery -powered Sawzall and cut the four main bolts and took the wire cutters and cut the main wiring and they’re gone. They’re gone,” Frankie said .
Police believe whoever took them had access to the facility. Leaving behind a bit of evidence while the security cameras are not rolling.
âItâs definitely someone who knows what theyâre doing and knows how they can get rid of it,â Frankie said.
The couple said they are now in limbo with their insurance company. With $ 15,000 worth of damage and no timeline of when the boat will be repaired.
“That’s frustrating. You have an investment and you pay a premium to either the insurance company or a storage facility to protect it and what do we get for our money? Nothing really,” Barbara said.
The settlement of the coupleâs claims has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The Kropceks said they plan to keep their boat at home.
âI made sure when we started this company here that they had surveillance and people on this site would be a safe place that never had any issues,â Frankie said.
Encourage other boat owners to keep track of their property.
âYou have to be vigilant, because no one else is watching you, unfortunately,â Frankie said.
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Cape Coral Police Department.