Thieves break into Virginia Beach boat dealership and get away with more than $200,000 in motors

Posted at 1:15 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 17:13:31-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The owner of a Virginia Beach boat dealership says thieves broke into his business Sunday evening and got away with more than $200,000 worth of motors.

Max King owns Captain Max King's Marine on Shore Drive.

He says it appears at least three individuals got into his business Sunday by cutting a security fence on two sides of the property.

King says after getting into the yard, the thieves started cutting and disabling security cameras  and also gained access to the junction box to cut the power.

Once inside, King says six new or relatively new top of the line motors were stolen.

"They are very nice motors and are probably most expensive on the property," he said.

The motors weigh around 600 pounds each, so the thieves would have had to use heavy equipment to move them and haul them away.

"When all the damage is done, or how they pulled it out of the dash, all the steering and everything we are talking well over $200,000 of motors," King told News 3's Todd Corillo Wednesday.

King is asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area between 7 p.m. Sunday night and 2 a.m. Monday morning to call police.

Based on the totality of what happened, King is convinced the thieves were professionals who knew what they were doing.

Virginia Beach Police confirm they are investigating the theft.