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Skipper Arrested For Theft From Fishing Boat

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Jeevadassen Cadervaloo, a 36-year-old skipper from the village of Cap Malheureux, was apprehended by police officers from Grand Baie’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in connection with a theft case. He is suspected of having committed the crime on a fishing boat anchored in the Bain Boeuf lagoon in early March this year. A GPS, around a hundred artificial baits, twelve bottles of beer and other items were stolen from the boat.  The loot is estimated at over Rs 170,000. Some of these items were recovered from his possession. He incriminated a resident of Bain Boeuf from whom he claims to have purchased these items. Jeevadassen Cadervaloo was brought before the Pamplemousses court on Friday May 26 on a provisional charge of theft, before being returned to the police cell.

The case dates back to March 5, 2023. A 25-year-old skipper from Pavillon, Cap Malheureux had reported a case of theft to the National Coast Guard station in Grand Baie. He reported a break-in aboard a fishing boat anchored in the Bain Boeuf lagoon, some 15 m from the beach, between 2 p.m. on March 4 and 6.15 a.m. on March 5. A glass panel on the side of the boat had been broken and the lock forced, allowing thieves to enter the cabin. They had taken a Garmin GPS with a wristband from the dashboard, around a hundred artificial baits and ten bottles of beer from the cooler.   These items had been stolen from the boat belonging to a big-game fishing company.

Early on the morning of Friday May 26, a police operation was mounted by Sergeant Daby’s men under the supervision of Inspector Dooshan Thakoor of the Grand Baie CID, who, on the basis of certain information and after hours of surveillance, landed at Jeevadassen Cadervaloo’s home in Bain Boeuf. Eighty-six artificial baits of various colors, a GPS, an analog temperature gauge and a pair of binoculars were found in his possession. These items were identified by the skipper who had reported the theft.

Under close interrogation, Jeevadassen Cadervaloo confessed to having purchased these items from a resident of Bain Boeuf. In the meantime, Jeevadassen Cadervaloo remains in custody until the suspect he incriminated gives his side of the story.

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