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Search On for Stolen Yacht

(New Buffalo, MI) - The search was on for a Chicago family’s yacht stolen from New Buffalo Harbor.


According to ABC7 News out of Chicago, the 60 foot boat named “Land Shark” went missing on June 10 from the city’s transient marina.  A worker for a company hired to clean the boat was approached by a man claiming to be the nephew of the owner of the yacht.  The man, described as about 30-years old, stepped onto the boat and told the worker he was going to be taking the boat out for a spin.  The man then drove off in the boat after the worker apparently didn’t question his story, according to the ABC7 report.


The victims arrived in New Buffalo the next day to find the boat missing and filed a police report.  “This isn’t a cheap boat.  This is a very expensive boat,” said the family’s attorney John W. Chwarzynski said during his interview with ABC7 News.


According to police, the suspect was described as white with a dark tan and wearing his hair in a “man bun.”  His hair was also shaved on both sides and he was wearing a white shirt and orange shorts, police said.


Police said the U.S. Coast Guard was notified to help in the search for the boat.  “Our investigation has led us to believe that they have taken the boat and potentially took it out of the country,” Chwarzynski said in his ABC7 News interview.

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