As much as $400,000 worth of damage and theft occurred during a break-in late last month at Chesapeake Whalertowne in Grasonville, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspects stole the power propulsion control modules from 25 to 30 Mercury outboard engines, along with other equipment including navigation units, stereos and GPS systems.
A single control module is valued at nearly $6,000. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspects could have had experience working on this type of engine, and might have been around the vessels for a while.
The boats were being stored for the winter, and do not belong to the business.
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