Brazen theft of fisherman's boat caught on security video

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TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma Police are hoping to catch a pair of thieves who ripped off a fisherman's boat -- a boat used to raise money for local children's charities.

Josh Hamilton was still shocked a day after two thieves stole his $26,000 boat from his front yard in broad daylight.

"I think if my wife would have come home with the kids and seen these two guys hooking up my boat -- what would have happened?" he said.

This was no ordinary boat. About a half a dozen times a year, Hamilton would donate his time, boat and fishing skills to local charities helping children and schools, and raising thousands of dollars in the process.

"It gets kids out, introduces them to the environment, fishing and being outdoors," Hamilton said. "Not tapping on a flat screen all day."

Hamilton says the two thieves were on site for about 15 minutes pounding on the locked padlock, and stole his 19-foot jet sled with a new 150-horsepower motor. But even at 10 a.m., neighbors didn't see or hear anything.

Hamilton's home security system caught the theft on video and said the thieves were driving a white Chevy S10 with an extended cab and black rims.

The boat was located around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon in a field near homes on the Muckleshoot Reservation. The boat had been stripped and the motor is missing.

Hamilton has a charity trip scheduled for Saturday and hopes to have another boat in place so he doesn't have to cancel.