Cops Casting Net for Thief Who Stole Fishing Rods

An alleged suspect identified by police in the theft of four custom rods, pictured at right. Photo courtesy East Hampton Town police

Police are hoping to catch a thief they said stole expensive fishing rods from a boat in Montauk last month.

East Hampton Town Police Department detectives asked for the  public’s help to identify and locate the man who swiped four custom Captain Neil Faulkner fishing rods off a boat docked at the West Lake Marina on August 26. According to a Suffolk County Crime Stoppers alert issued early Wednesday morning, the theft occurred at approximately 3:10 a.m.

Each rod had a gold reel, as well as a first name and the phrase “Reel Busy,” printed on it, police said. The rods cost a total of approximately $5,600.

The suspect left the marina in a white pickup truck, police said. Photo courtesy East Hampton Town police

Police released a surveillance image of the suspect, who they described as white or Hispanic with a mustache and a goatee. He reportedly fled the West Lake Drive Marina in a white pickup truck, possibly a Nissan Frontier.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, utilizing a mobile app which can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play by searching P3 Tips, or online at All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.

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