KELOWNA – A luxury boat that was stolen from a Kelowna business on Sunday has been recovered in another province.
The boat, which retails for more than $100,000, was taken from Banner Recreation and Marine on Sunday morning. It was found hidden behind some trees in a farmer’s field near Grande Prairie, Alberta. The company says it was notified by police on Wednesday afternoon that the boat had been found.
“Within hours of Banner posting this on their social media channels, tips were coming in from phone calls and posts online from customers,” says Banner Recreation and Marine Owner Derek Bannister in a news release. “As the news spread…we were in what seemed to be a play by play as to where the vehicle and boat were.”
Beaverlodge RCMP in Alberta say police received calls from people who spotted a boat that matched the picture circulated on social media. The owners of the property where the boat was found also called police to ask that the vessel be removed from their land.
Beaverlodge RCMP say the boat is currently in police custody and the owners will be coming to pick it up.
The culprit used a Ford F350 to take the boat, and the owner of the truck says his vehicle was also stolen. But so far, there is no word on the whereabouts of the truck.
Banner Recreation and Marine says thousands of people got involved in the search for the boat.
The entire theft was captured on surveillance footage.
– with files from Klaudia Van Emmerik