Kayak photo by Greg Bulla, from Wikimedia Commons.
June 26, 2017 – The Dunlap Police Department is investigating the theft of several kayaks this week.
According to Police Chief Clint Huth, the first theft was reported Wednesday, June 21, when a single kayak was stolen from a residence on Brush Creek Road. Then on Saturday, June 24, a second report came in, when four kayaks disappeared from a residence on Hartman Circle.
“Kayaking is getting more and more popular around here, so I guess it was just a matter of time before they started stealing them,” Chief Huth said Monday morning.
Huth said he also had seen a post on Facebook that someone “out in the county” had three or four kayaks stolen, but according to the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department, no one has called them about that theft.
“When we had the first one, we thought that maybe it was just someone wanting to go kayaking and stole a kayak or something like that,” Chief Huth said. “I think now it's somebody wanting to make money, stealing them and then selling them cheap.”
Pointing out that the 127 Yard Sale is coming up in August, Huth said, “we do typically see an increase in thefts this time of year. They won't sell them hear, but they may go to another location (along the yard sale) and sell them there. Almost every year we do recover stolen property from the yard sale. It's not that uncommon.”
To prevent theft, Chief Huth recommended that people with kayaks keep them in a garage, an outbuilding, or a shed, to make them more secure.
“If your kayak has a serial number on it, write that down,” he added. “If you don't have a serial number, you may want to mark the kayak in some way, so you can identify it, when it is found.”