STEUBEN — A Canadian man is in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s custody after allegedly stealing an offshore lobster boat from New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island and running the vessel into U.S. waters, where it went aground in Pigeon Hill Bay before dawn on Monday.
Based in Hodgdon, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s public affairs liaison, Vincent Conarroe, said Wednesday his agency does not know why the unidentified man took Grampa’s Legacy, which wound up partially beached on a sandbar in Pigeon Hill Bay. The vessel was not seriously damaged.
Grand Manan fisherman Sherman Kinghorne of Special K Fisheries Ltd. discovered his lobster boat, worth over $1 million, was missing from the wharf at about 4 a.m. and alerted the RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard and mariners that Grampa’s Legacy was missing, reported New Brunswick’s CHSJ Country Radio 94.1. A Maine lobsterman spotted the beached white vessel with blue stripes and alerted police.
A U.S. Coast Guard vessel and crew from Southwest Harbor were the first on scene and boarded and searched the lobster boat, where they found the suspect and held him until U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived and arrested him. A Border Patrol K9 canine team searched the vessel, but no contraband was found.
Assisted by a local fisherman, the Maine Marine Patrol Division II’s Sgt. Mark Murray and five officers also responded to the scene.
Border Patrol agents transported the suspect, a Canadian citizen, to the U.S. Border Patrol Station at Calais, where he was expelled and taken into custody by the RCMP around 3 p.m. on Monday.