POLICE investigating a series of marine thefts in the Teignmouth and Shaldon area are asking Herald Express readers if they recognise this outboard engine, which was seized during a drugs raid in the area.
Six thefts of outboard engines and dinghies have been reported in the last fortnight.
Officers from the South Devon Pro Active Unit executed a warrant on September 19 under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Shaldon where cannabis and heroin were seized.
During the search this suspected stolen ‘Mariner’ outboard engine was also recovered.
PCs Jon Aggett and Rob Savage, of the Teignbridge Pro Active Unit, are keen to hear from anyone who recognises or has information about the engine, or any other marine crime.
PC Aggett said: “There has been a slight spike in the number of marine thefts in the last fortnight and we are committed to disrupting and tackling crime so that we can nip it in the bud before it becomes more serious.
“We will continue to act on intelligence supplied by the public and act upon it, to both target active criminals and reassure the local community.”
The outboard motor pictured has not yet been reported as stolen.
The Teignbridge Pro Active officers have already executed warrants in Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Kingskerswell recovering drugs, stolen property and offensive weapons, including an axe.
Anyone with information on this engine or drugs and other suspected stolen property can contact them on 01803 218114.
A Shaldon man was arrested and is currently on police bail while the investigation continues.