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Police looking for boat thieves in East Liverpool

Updated: Monday, July 28 2014, 06:09 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- Authorities were busy over the weekend after three boats were stolen and even more were damaged in East Liverpool.
After a chase on the Ohio River and on foot, one man is in custody and several are at large.
Police responded to a call about boats being stolen from the Ohio Valley Boat Club in East Liverpool around 4 a.m. Saturday. This led them to a search and pursuit on the water and on foot with help from Hancock County deputies, who launched their own boat to assist in searching on the Ohio River.
They found three boats missing -- one crashed under the Newell Bridge.
“When they saw Hancock County (Police) looking for them, they ran the boat ashore and bailed off of it,” said Detective Greg Smith of the East Liverpool Police Department. “And he actually saw that whole event take place from where he was standing at."
Two men ran away, but one was caught and tased. The suspects in another boat also took off on foot and got away.
"Several of them got away and some of the boats were actually recovered all the way down in Yellow Creek by Hancock County."
So in the end, they only caught one man -- Clarence Wright.
Deputies found a third boat floating by a marina. There was heavy damage to all three. Investigators say they also broke into several other boats.
"When they were hotwiring the boats, they were actually blowing the fuses and those boats were disabled and they were just moving on to the ones they could get started,” Smith said.
Michael Hazelet's uncle's boat is one that was stolen.
"If you guys knew my uncle, he’s very particular with his things, and … you can count on one hand how many times I’ve ridden in his boat,” Hazelet said. “And to have someone else in it, and then all the other boats, too. They just tore them up; there’s just no need for it you know."
The investigation is still ongoing.

Police looking for boat thieves in East Liverpool


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