Conservation officers with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries arrested a man who allegedly attempted to steal a rental boat from Parkway Marina on the afternoon of May 11, according to Sgt. James Slaughter of VDGIF.
A marina manager heard a noise and went outside to investigate, Slaughter said. A man, later identified as Larry Scott Phillips, had crashed a rental boat into a dock as he was attempting to leave the marina, Slaughter said.
Officers responding to a 911 call found Phillips with the boat. Slaughter said the boat’s wiring had been tampered with, and a makeshift key was in the ignition.
Phillips was allegedly under the influence when questioned by officers. “He appeared to be very disoriented,” Slaughter said.
Phillips was charged with grand larceny and operating a boat under the influence. The rental boat sustained more than $2,000 in damage, Slaughter said.
With Memorial Day kicking off the start of the summer boating season, Slaughter said property owners should ensure that items on their docks are secure and make sure boats are properly tied down.
Slaughter said often times boats that are reported stolen this time of year are later found downstream. Wakes from increased boat traffic can sometimes free a boat if it is not tied down securely.
“Now is the time to start double checking your docks,” Slaughter said.