Thieves drive off with WaveRunners

- Someone stole a pair of water scooters from an apartment complex in Tampa in a crime that most people probably wouldn't have noticed even if they witnessed it.

Tampa police released surveillance video Monday of the crime that took place a week earlier.

"Our concern is that it's during the day, the person went in, they saw an opportunity, hooked up the car and then drove away," said Eddie Durkin, a spokesperson for the department.

In the video, the driver can be seen in a white 2007 GMC Savana work van following someone into the Marina Club Condominiums on Tampa Bay Boulevard. According to police, he hitched a trailer carrying two WaveRunner watercraft to the back of his van and left the complex.

The WaveRunners are worth about $33,000.

There are similar trailers and watercraft throughout the complex and detectives are wondering whether the thief came there with a purpose.

"[Detectives] will do a neighborhood survey, see if anybody has seen the subject in the area earlier. Maybe he was casing it," Durkin said.

In a release from CrimeStoppers, investigators said the van has unique running boards, damage to the driver's side and two black bumper stops attached to the rear bumper of the van. 

Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

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