Growing Trend of Theft on Beaver Lake

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There’s been an increase of people out on Beaver Lake fishing for treasure. But these catches aren’t found in the water.

Thieves will head out during the Winter to rifle through your boats, trucks and trailers looking for a quick grab

“There’s a lot of public in-and-out. All times of the night. It can be pretty nerve-wracking, so we keep our doors locked and we stay vigilant as much as we can,” said Andrew Franco, who lives on Beaver Lake.

Kayaks. Rods. Tackle and bait. Nothing is off-limits to thieves.

“I’ve witnessed folks down here at the ramp rifling through the backs of trucks,” Franco said.

Andrew Franco has lived on Beaver Lake for more than 20 years. He says he’s seen more mischief than usual out on the boat docks, ramps and marinas.

“I’m keeping my doors locked and my cameras on. You got to think about that stuff. I think you’d be naive not to,” Franco said.

Captain Josh McConnell with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department said these are crimes of opportunity.

“It’s on the water, easy access to and from, and anytime during the day or night,” said Captain Josh McConnell, with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Chain fences and warning signs may not deter these thieves from snatching your goods.

While there’s an eye in the sky at some locations, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department said you could help them by installing some of your own.

“It helps us, in the end, it helps us find people, for sure. That’s the main reason why I think you need them or would have them,” Captain McConnell said.

With his own cameras keeping an extra set of eyes out there, you won’t see Franco leaving his lake-front property anytime soon.

“I enjoy it and I lived on it my entire life, so I won’t stop,” Franco said.

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