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Deputies Investigating Theft from Boats at Grasonville Dealership

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Items Stolen from 25-30 Boats (Photo: Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office) Items Stolen from 25-30 Boats (Photo: Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office)

GRASONVILLE, Md.- The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office says hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of products were stolen from a boat dealership. 

Deputies said they responded to Chesapeake Whalertowne Dec. 29 for a reported burglary and theft of electronics from between 25 and 30 boats stored at the dealership in a locked, fenced area.

According to the sheriff's office, an investigation showed one or more suspects removed the Power Propulsion Control Modules, or PCM, from numerous Mercury Outboard engines along with other electronic equipment including stereos, GPS systems and navigation units. 

The sheriff's office said a single PCM is valued at nearly $6,000 and is what helps make the engine run faster.

Deputies said possibly several suspects involved in the crime have had experience working on this type of engine and would have been on location for a long period of time. 

The sheriff's office said the boats were being storied for the winter and do not belong to the business. 

Deputies said the stolen items, damage and repair costs have been estimated between $300,000 and $400,000.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone who may have witnessed something suspicious in the area during the holiday to contact the Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit at (410) 758-0770. 

Tips can also be sent by email to sheriff-info@qac.org or by private message to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

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