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Boaters fall victim to motor thief

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The weather is getting warmer and for many outdoors men that can only mean one thing, fishing.

"Just being on the water, being out there...nice day, rainy day I've fished them all," says Edward Ring.

Edward Ring, 70, of Coeur d'Alene was cleaning up his boat over the weekend when he noticed his trolling motor was gone. The $2,000, two hundred pound motor was simply cut out of the boat on Friday night.

"I just dropped everything right there and went back in the house," says Ring after he saw the ripped up wires where the motor used to be.

Ring isn't the only one, a number of people throughout Kootenai and Spokane County have reported similar crimes.

"I go and hang out at Fins and Feathers and just two weeks ago there was a guy who said his motor was taken out of his boat also," says Ring.

An arrest in Spokane on Saturday have led police to a suspect they believe could be responsible for many more. According to police documents Victor Fox Jr. was caught trying to sell stolen outboard motors on Craigslist. Reports say the motor was damaged and connecting cords were ripped or cut, leading police to believe it had been stolen.

"You work hard, you buy something like this and then somebody comes along and takes it. That's a big part that hurt right there," says Ring.

Ring says a new motor will cost him up to $2,000, but either way he plans on being out on lake Coeur d'Alene casting his line.

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