DESTIN—The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says that thieves are targeting fishing gear on boats, in backyards and in cars.
At least 13 reports concern expensive fishing rods and reels being stolen off boats since May, and at least one report of rods and reels being taken from a car.
Most of the thefts have taken place in the Destin area.
Santa Rosa and Walton County are experiencing similar crimes.
Investigators believe in many instances, the individuals may be approaching the boats from the water.
Owners should take precautions to secure their fishing equipment and report any suspicious activity immediately.
Anyone with information on these incidents can contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, 863-TIPS, visit emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or text “TIP214” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).