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Hi All,

I’m new to the forum and joining to share background on a theft that occurred last Saturday. Hopefully these details help me find information to identify the individual and prevent this from happening to anyone else.

Long story short.. I was fishing in my kayak at the Catawba River yesterday about a quarter mile down from the Riverwalk boat ramp. I had a family emergency, so we pulled the kayak up to the bank while I ran to the car. My friend stayed with the kayak while I was gone, but he walked up the bank to get away from the bugs for a few minutes. While he was gone, someone stole all of fishing gear from my kayak. This included 3 rods and reels and my entire tackle box, which is essentially all of the bass fishing gear I own. We were able to confirm the thief as the man pictured below (I know the picture is blurry unfortunately). He has a green kayak with a trolling motor, and he’s an overweight individual with tattoos on both arms. He was also wearing a camo bucket hat and was accompanied by another man who also had a kayak. They left the river at the Riverpark boat launch in a grey truck.

We were able to confirm it was this man because I saw him suspiciously go behind an island ~500 yards down from the Riverpark boat launch. At this point, my kayak was still upstream, so I ran back to try to float over to him. Meanwhile, my friend waited at the boat launch for him to leave. I wasn’t able to make it back before he left, but my friend spoke with him and he sympathized with us and denied taking anything. My friend did not clearly see any of my rods, so he didn’t press him on it any further. When I finally made it down to the boat launch, I paddled over to the island to find two of my rods hidden on the bank.. He kept one full rod/reel setup, two reels, and moved all of my tackle into his bag. Hindsight is 20/20 on getting more info on him before he left, but I wanted to post this to see if anyone has more information on this individual. He had a pretty extensive setup, so I’m sure he frequents a lot of local lakes and rivers. Please DM me if you have any information. I have also filed a police report. Karma is real and it’ll come back around for this guy.

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The picture you have posted is too blurry to identify anyone, sorry for your loss but your buddy should have stayed in eye sight of your boat. Claim your loss on your home owners insurance.
 

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I posted a link on NC hunt and fish where you can best find help in finding this thief.
 

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That's a real grade A jerk move right there, hate to hear it but will certainly keep an eye out for anyone fitting this description and share anything I can to help.
 
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