Trade group: theft a problem in Connecticut

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In a sign of the struggling economy, the Connecticut Marine Trades Association reports that waterfront theft continues to be a problem for businesses and boat owners.

"Vessel power cords were the easy touch while the boats were in the water, and now different items are being taken," association president Grant W. Westerson said in a statement. "The scrap value seems to be the motivation."

A Norwich marina reported that more than 20 of its 200-pound cast-iron mushroom moorings were taken in August. More recently, 21 150-pound mushroom moorings were stolen from the marina.

A Rhode Island marina owner said metal parts were removed from a customer's pumpout system.

The CMTA suggests that businesses consider a video surveillance system.

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