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Ocean Master center console stolen from Florida boatyard

Thieves broke into Ocean Master's secured boatyard in Stuart, Fla., and stole a truck, a trailer and a new boat with outboards.

Thieves broke into Ocean Master's secured boatyard in Stuart, Fla., and stole a truck, a trailer and a new boat with outboards.

The stolen boat is an Ocean Master 336 Center Console with two 300-hp Evinrude G2 outboards and was on a Continental trailer, according to a media statement.

The 2000 Ford F-350 — which has Florida plate CJXY56 — is bronze in color and has dual rear wheels.

Owner Mark Hauptner is saddened by the theft of nearly $250,000 in property.

"It doesn't feel good," Hauptner said in a statement. "It's a pretty big loss to us."

Boat thefts, especially in Florida, are on the rise. Many of the boats are broken up and sold for parts. Larger boats tend to leave the area, often for use in criminal activities.

Anyone with information about the Ocean Master theft is asked to contact the Martin County Sheriff's office at 772-320-4759. Updates on the crime will be posted to the company's Facebook page.

The company relocated to the Stuart facility in March. Ocean Master and the Hauptners have been part of the industry for 40 years.

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