By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Four Bahamian men were arrested and two stolen vessels valued at more than half a million dollars were recovered during a joint operation between Bahamian and US authorities.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, reported that the stolen vessels have an estimated value of $600,000.
One man from Grand Bahama aged 34; two men aged 18 and 19 of Nassau; and a 19-year-old Abaco man were taken in custody on April 22.
According to reports, police in Grand Bahama received a report that two stolen vessels from Abaco were on the island.
A team of officers went to the Gold Rock Creek area where they discovered a 29ft Regulator with twin 250HP Yamaha engines, valued at $100,000.
They also arrested four men in the area.
A second vessel, a 39ft SEE VEE with three 350hp Yamaha engines valued at $500,000, was later discovered in the McClean's Town area.
Ms Mackey said the quick recovery of the vessels and arrests were due to the collaborative efforts of Abaco Police, Grand Bahama Police, and the US Coast Guard and Border Patrol and Protection.
She said officers in the Abaco District are continuing investigations in the matter.