A suspect is now before the courts in the November theft of a boat propeller with links to an American gangster.
The heavy brass propeller recovered from a ‘Rum Runner’ boat used by Al Capone was reported stolen from the owner’s Horseshoe Bay area yard November 22, 2013.
Media coverage and a resulting tip led investigators to a metal recycling company in Squamish. Squamish RCMP assisted in recovery of the propeller and other evidence that led to identification of a suspect.
A report to Crown Counsel was forwarded requesting a warrant for the suspect’s arrest. The warrant was issued January 9th. On January 10, the suspect was arrested after being identified during a vehicle check by Vancouver Police in the 1500 block of Main Street.
41-year-old Jason Michael Fox of Squamish made a first appearance at Vancouver Provincial Court January 10, 2014 on a charge of Possession of Stolen Property. Mr. Fox is next scheduled to appear at North Vancouver Provincial Court January 29, 2014.
The propeller was previously stolen in August of 2011. In the 2011 investigation, the propeller was recovered after the suspect brought the item to a North Vancouver metal recycler. A 55-year old man of no fixed address was arrested and subsequently convicted for Possession of Stolen Property. There is no known connection between the previously convicted suspect and the current investigation.
West Vancouver Police always recommend owners ensure any property of value is properly secured if it is to be left outdoors and unattended.
Source: West Vancouver Police | Image: Gangster shooting via Shutterstock