Man pleads guilty to boat thefts worth £148,000

CRIME SCENE Chichester Marina, from where Alexander Everett stole a rib and trailer worth �39,000
CRIME SCENE Chichester Marina, from where Alexander Everett stole a rib and trailer worth �39,000
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A man has admitted stealing more than £148,000 of marine equipment including boats and a jetski in a string of thefts.

Alexander Everett stole three rigid inflatable boats (ribs), a jetski and four trailers in thefts from companies and also private owners at marinas in Sarisbury Green, Swanwick and Chichester between February 28 and October 21 2011.

The 44-year-old was caught following an extensive investigation by Hampshire Constabulary into reported thefts of expensive boats and equipment.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Everett stole a rib and trailer worth a total of about £45,000 from JM Yachting at Universal Marina in Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green.

He also stole a £50,000 Cobra rib and trailer from a private owner at Eastlands Boatyard in Coal Park Lane, Swanwick.

Everett stole a trailer and jetski worth £14,000 from RK Marine and Hamble River Boatyard in Swanwick and a Revenger 29 rib and trailer worth £39,000 from a private owner at Chichester Marina

Everett, of Astrid Close, Hayling Island, was arrested on October 10 last year after police carried out six search warrants in Hayling Island, Portsmouth and Southampton as part of Operation Alandale. He admitted to four counts of theft at Portsmouth Crown Court.

However Everett pleaded not guilty to stealing a Humber rib and trailer worth £100,000 from Alex Thomson Racing at Northney Marina in Northney Road, Hayling Island, which was accepted by the prosecution.

His not guilty pleas to two further charges of the theft of a trailer and two coffee vending machines from Park Gate Industrial Estate and theft of three jetskis and a trailer from Northney Marina were also accepted.

Jerry Russett, 44, of Tamarisk Road, Hedge End, was found not guilty of one count of assisting an offender in relation to the case.

Everett was released on bail. He is due to reappear at Portsmouth Crown Court to be sentenced on November 1.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘The co-operation of boat owners was crucial to this extensive investigation.

‘Officers are grateful for their sustained support throughout this case. We remain committed to working together with the marine community to prevent and reduce crime. We would encourage anyone affected by a crime of this nature to come forward and report the information to police.’