A number of thefts of various kinds of property have been reported occurring on boats docked and moored in Manhasset Bay. Stolen items include costly nautical instruments, tools and household items. A primary target of the thieves has been gasoline filled cans, probably as a result of skyrocketing gasoline prices.
Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Warren Schein, reported an aggressive shift in tactics by the Bay Constable Unit, which patrols the bay. Hours of patrol have been adjusted to provide greater coverage, especially during the hours the thefts are occurring. The constables, who are sworn peace officers, work closely with the Nassau Police Marine Unit. The constables and the Nassau unit monitor each other's radio frequencies and share information on events in the bay. The constables are trained to observe and investigate suspicious activity by boaters.
Schein is seeking the cooperation of the many yacht clubs on the bay many of which have their own security. He has asked them to coordinate their efforts with each other and be alert to suspicious activity regardless of where it occurs. Boaters and others who observe suspicious activity on the water and docking facilities are asked to notify the Bay Constables Unit headquartered on the town dock by calling 767-4622.