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Marina thefts in LBI lead to Millville

By JARRETT RENSHAW Staff Writer, (609) 978-2015
Press Of Atlantic City


The weekend arrest of a Millville man on charges of stealing outboard motors and propellers from a marina on Long Beach Island has led authorities to believe it was no isolated incident.

Upon investigation of 52-year-old Thomas Felmey's Millville home and storage facility, authorities discovered 10 outboard motors and 20 propellers, which they believe may have been stolen from marinas in Ocean, Atlantic and Burlington counties.

There have been a number of thefts at marinas in those counties in recent months, but authorities previously thought they were unrelated, according to Lt. Robert Urie of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. Authorities are still investigating the size and scope of the thefts, he said.

Authorities suspect that Felmey, and maybe others, used the Internet to sell the stolen merchandise. Also, they want to know how long the marina thefts were going on and how much, in dollars, was stolen.

The string of events leading to the arrest began early Saturday.

Bob Hochstrasser, nephew of the owner of Hochstasser's Marina in Ship Bottom, found Felmey and a juvenile on the family's property, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

After they were discovered, the pair left in a 1990 Ford Bronco with Bob Hochstrasser following the truck and calling police as it left the island via the Route 72 causeway.

Police in Stafford Township, the mainland town across the causeway, then stopped the vehicle and found the stolen goods in the back of the truck, police said. The motors and propellers allegedly belonged to marinas in Ship Bottom and Long Beach Township, both on the island.

Felmey, of Homestead Drive in Millville, was charged with one count of burglary, theft of moveable property, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

The 16-year-old was not charged.

More charges may be pending due to the discovery of more items Tuesday, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials are seeking the public's help in identifying the property. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ship Bottom or Long Beach Township police or the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
 

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Glass tube incert you know where then smash it!!!
glad they got the Pri%*
 

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I think they should let all the owners he ripped off(cause you know you won't get everything back) cast 3 oz treble snagging hooks at him for say....30 minutes to an hour. Then send him to visit Bubba in prison! I wonder if he is the same one stealing engines form the Port Norris area?! And I agree...charge the "kid"...he's old enough to know what he was doing!
 

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the kid will say the old guy made him do it and the old guy will say he was traumatized as a youth

the lawyer will collect the 20 outboards the dirtbag didnt tell anyone about and out the door he goes!

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Hey Tom, Ill take one of those outboards!

 

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Tip of the Day - "keel haul"? Is that what the pirates used to do on their barnacled ships. String em' up arms and legs and drag them under the keel, against the barnacles? Torture for sure if you made it.
 
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