Double boat thief caught burgling bach

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A 28 year old man arrested for breaking into a bach last night was also the culprit behind two boat thefts this week.

The man was arrested late last night in the Marlborough Sounds and has been charged with burglary.

Police describe the man as being “of no fixed abode” and say he admitted to sailing the stolen yacht to Okiwi Bay and was in the process of getting supplies to sail it further when he was caught.

The 32ft yacht “Dreamer” was reported missing from Motueka yesterday.

A police spokesperson says a second vessel, the 17 foot Charlie Brown, was located in the Motueka site Dreamer was taken from after disappearing from the estuary on Green Tree Lane, Riwaka last week.

The man will appear in the Blenheim District Court later today.