Police to boaters: Secure your equipment

Newport Beach police are reminding sailors to keep their expensive equipment secured following a string of boat burglaries in the last two months.

Police responded to five boat burglaries in November and six in December, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.

The thieves are stealing high-priced fishing equipment, Burdette said.

Daily Pilot boating columnist Len Bose said that, in one incident, a person had nearly two dozen fishing reels and a portable tackle center taken.

—Joseph Serna

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