Outboards and Outlaws

Two men, aged 26 and 29, were arrested for allegedly stealing outboard motors. The stolen motors have been recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

The thefts took place in the same location as last year; i.e., right under the Peñon del Santo (cross on the rock), from within a small gated yard. Actually, it’s a bit of a ‘Crime Corner,’ as this was also where the twelve pedal-powered catamarans went up in flames shortly after San Juan.

In this latest crime, shortly after the padlock was cut and the motors stolen, the Guardia Civil intercepted a 4×4 vehicle in one of the town centre streets (which street was not disclosed by the G.C.). As the occupants could show no documents of ownership, the police pulled the suspects foreskins over their surprised heads and stapled their ears to the patrol car’s windscreen wipers and set the wipers to Noah-Mode… Nah, just kidding – just checking to see if you’re paying attention.
What really happened was that the motors were seized until the two men could provide proof of ownership at the police station so that they could be retrieved. No theft, at that point, had been presented you see, and the two men had no criminal record.

However, next day, an irate ‘missing-motor’ owner phoned up to complain of a theft. The Desk Sergeant looked at the motors in the corner, then back at the telephone receiver and thought… I wonder? The next thing you know, the suspected culprits where in custody.

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