Stolen A & M Boat

MOSS HILL, June 6, 2013 - This week has not been kind to Liberty County’s local Public Service organizations. On Tuesday evening of this week a burglary and felony theft was discovered at the Moss Bluff Volunteer Fire Department which disabled all their fire trucks and has shut that group of Fire Fighters totally down so they are presently unable to respond to fire calls.

Then, on Wednesday, June 5th.  Sheriff’s Deputy J. McQueen Jr. responded to a call from a Texas A & M Forest Service employee who reported that on June 3rd.  at approximately 3:pm he was in that agency’s 14’ aluminum flat bottom boat when he pulled onto the shore approximately two (2) miles north of the Trinity River Hwy. 105 bridge to measure a research plot.  Because the employee would be deep into the wooded area, and as a precautionary measure, the Officer removed the outboard motor from his boat and hid it on shore while he would be away from his boat.

The employee reported that while in the woods, he heard an outboard motor on the river which stopped near his location. In a few minutes it started up again and went up the river. Only a short time later the Officer heard the motor again which once again shut down for a short time. It then started again and faded away up the Trinity River. When the Officer returned to where he had beached the boat, he found it was missing.

The boat is described as being a 2002 14’ “Basstracker”  aluminum flat bottom boat that is colored gray on gray. The model is TX-6829JR and the serial # is BUJ11138K102. It is valued at $1,500 to $2,000 which, of course, makes this a felony theft offense. All information has been entered into the State’s stolen data base and it would be unwise for anyone to be found in possession of this boat.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is asking that if anyone has any information on the whereabouts of this boat or the person or persons who stole it, to report that information to the department at (936) 336-4500. Your name will be kept confidential.

In addition, it would be a wise decision on the part of the person or persons that stole this  boat to see that it is returned by leaving it at some safe location and make a phone call to the Sheriff’s Department as to where it can be recovered. Being found in possession of this boat on the river or on one’s property is not a good option.

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