A joint investigation into the second-largest waterborne theft ring to operate out of the Mobile area in the past 20 years has led to more arrest warrants. The investigation began on May 24th when Alabama Marine Police and Saraland Police Detectives received a tip on two stolen personal watercraft (PWC) at Young’s Towing on Shelton Beach Road in Saraland. The tip led to three suspects in the burglary and theft of equipment worth $4,000 from the Blakely State Park Tour Boat the “Delta Explorer.”
On June 2nd, Alabama Marine Police, Saraland and Mobile detectives recovered evidence from the Blakely State Park theft at Young’s Towing and stolen property from a Lynd Road residence in Prichard owned by Steven Young. Warrants were obtained for Young and Colby Stockman, who were both arrested on Marine Police warrants earlier on June 2nd for three counts of theft of property in the first degree and one count of obscuring the ID of a vehicle related to the thefts from Blakely State Park boat. Steven A. Young, 34, of Saraland turned himself in to deputies at the Baldwin County Jail on June 13th for one count of theft of property in the first degree and one count of breaking and entering into a vehicle. Stockman remains at large at this time on two felony counts.
On Tuesday, Alabama Marine Police and Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Investigators developed an additional suspect on the Blakely State Park theft. Warrants are pending. Satsuma Police detectives have cleared three cases in connection with the investigation, including a stolen boat recovered by Alabama Marine Police Officer Bill Carol on Gunnison Creek in April, 2011.
Another suspect has been developed on the three PWCs stolen from Rabbit Creek in Mobile and arrests are imminent. Anyone with information about marine-related theft is asked to call the Alabama Marine Police at 1-888-903-8953.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.
Lt. Alex Smith