Updated 11/02/2012 09:18 PM
Marine Owners Help Police Arrest Boat Burglars
Some local marina owners came together to help Irondequoit police arrest three men, allegedly responsible for breaking in to more than 50 boats this week.
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Mark McMillan, who owns McMillan Marine, says his business survived superstorm Sandy with no problems. But when he came into work on Wednesday, he learned he and three other local marinas did have to recover from the damage done by thieves.
"Unfortunately, in times of peril with disasters like that, people tend to do a little looting. This isn't just boats, these guys have been around to car dealerships and construction sites. They were just bad guys and fortunately we were able to put an end to it," said McMillan.
McMillan believes it was a lengthy crime spree that led 18-year-old Jamie Marciano and 20-year-old Isaiah Marrero-Pabon to his shop. Authorities say the two men broke into boats and stole up to 40 batteries and electric wires and sold them to a recycle center in Macedon.
McMillan Marine, along with Shumway Marine, Sutters Marine, and Bay Village Condos were all targeted.
"Of course, we felt very bad for our customers. We all teamed together and we started calling salvage yards. One of the salvage yards in Macedon was gracious enough to call us back and tell us they had a bunch of batteries come in, they had some marine batteries in, and the gentlemen were supposed to be back again," said McMillan.
McMillan says their efforts helped police make an arrest.
"We felt bad enough that this happened to our customers it was worth the effort to at least give it our best shot and it paid off," he said.
Police say the crimes involved thousand of dollars in stolen goods from boats. McMillan says 90 percent of that was recovered.
A third man was also arrested, 18-year-old Richard Schultz and charged with criminal possession of stolen property.
"Hopefully all of our customers were made whole and of course we'll do everything in our power to make them whole," McMillan said.
Pabon and Marciano are charged with grand larceny and criminal mischief. Authorities say more charges are pending.