VicPD are warning the public of marine-related thefts after a 25-foot Zodiac boat was stolen from the Victoria International Marina and recovered near Ladysmith last week.

According to police, in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 29th, a man stole the $100,000 black rigid inflatable boat (RIB) located at the Victoria International Marina.

Photos from a video surveillance camera show a man ducking down as he walked towards the vessel before stealing it.

Later that same day, at approximately 6 p.m., the boat was located near Slack Point in Ladysmith and recovered by the Ladysmith RCMP.

The owner was reunited with their boat, however the suspect remains outstanding.

The suspect is described as a 35 to 45-year-old Caucasian man standing approximately five feet, six inches tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds.

The suspect wore a red hooded sweater and a yellow shoulder bag and was last seen in Ladysmith riding a blue mountain bike, which he unloaded from the boat when he left the area.

VicPD are warning the public to monitor their docks.

Since mid-July police said they have seen 14 marine-related thefts.

According to VicPD, thieves are targeting boats, kayaks, motorized vessels and boat engines.

If you have any information on marine-related thefts, reach out to VicPD at (250) 995-7654.

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