Owner of stolen Donzi offers $5,000 reward

LACONIA — The man who had his boat and trailer stolen from Lakeport Landing Marina last week is offering a $5,000 reward that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who took it.

Dave Elkins said the black 27-foot Donzi was his "baby."

"I'm not much of a car guy but I love my boats," he said, speaking from his office in the Boston area yesterday.

Elkins said this is the second Donzi he's owned and he searched all over the eastern seaboard for one that hadn't been used in salt water.

He found this one in Maryland and said this was his fourth season with it. He also said this particular model isn't made any more and that Donzi didn't make many of them.

Elkins is the father of three teens who he said were heartbroken when they realized the boat had been stolen. "My wife was in tears, my kids were shaking," he said.

He said the boat and the trailer were parked at the marina and he doesn't keep a plate on his trailer because he stores the boat there during the winter.

"I keep it covered and in the same spot," he said.

Elkins said he finds it hard to believe a boat got stolen from Laconia.

"I used to keep a boat in Charlestown (Mass) and nothing ever happened to it. Who thinks a boat is going to get stolen in little ole Laconia," he said.

Police were able to see a while Toyota Tundra with two men in the cab leaving the marina when they reviewed video surveillance tape from nearby Avery's Restaurant. He also said it appears the person who took the boat took a right turn on to Elm Street after stealing it.

Elkins said the Laconia Police have been very helpful and that Chief Chris Adams called him personally.

The boat was covered with a black canvas cover when it was stolen.

Any one with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.