California’s Crime Problem Just Got Worse; Now It Has Real Live Pirates

  • Since July, boats in Oakland and Alameda marinas have been stolen, stripped down and either sunk or left behind.
  • Burglars have been raiding yachts and houseboats in the Oakland-AlamedaEstuary in a surge one resident compared to the pirate movie “Captain Phillips.”
  • They steal anything of value, then either sink the ships or dump the remnants of plundered boats miles away in the Oakland Harbor or along its shorelines, said Dan Hill, who lives on his boat like many other families in the 800-foot waterway.
  • Some in the tight-knit boating community have talked of arming themselves as jurisdiction question marks and eroding law enforcement staffing levels complicate the issue.
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