12:30PM, Saturday 23 August 2014
An angry and disappointed boat owner has hit out at thieves who caused more than £5,000-worth of damage to her boat.
It is believed thieves targeted the Princess 30DS, called The Mothership, between Sunday, August 3, and Friday, August 8, stealing an engine, water pump, three batteries, a dehumidifier and covers.
Sam said: "I’m angry, disappointed and shocked someone would have done this.
"They just think they can take someone else's things because they can't be bothered to save up for it themselves but it costs us money."
Along with her partner Laura, Sam has owned the boat for four years and regularly takes trips up and down the Thames.
Now she wants to warn other boat owners and has asked them to be vigilant in preventing burglars from damaging their property.
"We've spent a lot of time and money on it and she's an old boat but she's ours and she brings a lot of enjoyment to us, our friends and family.
"Now we can't use it until all the stolen items have been replaced. These people should have morals and a conscience but they don't."
Richard, 58, and Jill Bolton, 58, also own a boat in the Marina and have been shocked by the theft.
Jill said: "We're like a big community in the marina and we all look out for each other so for this to happen is absolutely shocking."
A spokeswoman from MDL Marinas, the owner of Windsor Marina, said: "The security and welfare of our customers and staff is of paramount importance to MDL Marinas.
"The marina has an excellent security record but in light of this incident we are further reviewing our security systems as a matter of priority."
Police are investigating the incident and have asked witnesses to contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they have information.
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