NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A WINK NEWS Exclusive. A beautiful Nor-Tech boat, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars is missing. Deputies and US Customs are trying to track down the crooks. But the suspects aren't as crafty as they think. Their actions were caught on camera.
Inside the Nor-Tech facility, they build and repair vessels. The one that was stolen was worth almost $400,000.
Two cameras on a neighboring business caught the theft on tape Sunday night. Thieves approach the boat, parked on a trailer, behind a locked fence. The three men, with their faces covered, come onto the property. But not before trying to hide their crime by pushing aside one of the cameras. They somehow start the truck and move on out, with the boat in tow.
Nor-Tech has been in southwest Florida for more than 20 years. Terry Sobo says the company prides itself in building go-fast high performance boats. But it also focuses on smaller ones.
"Last three or four years, we've kind of switched over to a luxury center consul high-performance fishing type boat," Sobo said. And its that kind of boat that vanished into thin air. This was a customer's boat, the company picked up for repair.
Sobo says he's afraid it doesn't have a very bright future. "Primarily what these boats are used for, once they're stolen: they'll end up heading to Cuba. Picking up people, and smuggling the people into Mexico," he said.
He says it makes him sick to his stomach to watch the video. But hopes you take a good look at these men, including one who didn't hide his face all the way.
If you have any information about this you are urged to call the Lee County Sheriffs Office, or call Nor-Tech.