The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, raided a boat dealership days after an investigation into allegations of questionable business practices by the CTV News Network.
Investigators executed a search warrant at Breakwater Marine in Surrey. Mounties reportedly arrived unannounced and used bolt cutters to break through a locked gate.
“From that search warrant, 10-15 boats were seized and one person has been arrested,” Constable Richard Wright of the Surrey RCMP said in a statement.
Investigators reportedly spent the day at the dealership, photographing and searching boats. One person was arrested on site, but Wright said the person wasn’t being identified because no charges were filed.
The dealership owner, Aaron Fell, spoke to CTV News last week, but CTV News tried to reach him and calls to his cell phone went unanswered.
One customer, Roger Dendy, was quoted by CTV, “I am out with expenses coming back and forth here, $27,000.” He said he bought a boat from Fell in January and when he put it in the water, “It lasted about five minutes.” Dendy added that he was promised his money back, but he has not received it.
Another client came to the facility to see if her boat that was at the dealership on a consignment agreement was on-site and it wasn’t there.
According to CTV News, the Canadian Better Business Bureau has reported more than 20 complains against Breakwater Marine in the last three years.