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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Angry Facebook rants have been known to get people in trouble.
The first sentence of a recent post by marina owner and fishing guide Dewayne Lamb hinted at what was to come.
"Let me tell u something u sorry piece of ..." Lamb started, before continuing with phrases such as the blunt, "... use you for a anchor on the bottom of this lake."
Lamb hopes for trouble, but not for himself.
His invective was directed at the man who broke into Lamb's Captain's Quarters Marina on Monday night.
The thief made two trips into the shop, clearing it of many fishing reels, and rod and reel combos.
"It was about $8,200 worth of stuff," said Lamb, who is insured.
Most of the tackle was bass-specific, including Shimano Chronarch baitcasting reels, ABU Revo Rocket baitcasters, and Pflueger Trion and Diawa spinning combos.
Lamb was surprised the thief didn't bother with fishing lures, some of them expensive swimbaits worth $20 and even more.
"It could have been worse," Lamb said.
The thief appears to have been on a specific mission.
"He didn't come in and do no shopping," Lamb noted.
Lamb knows this because the thief was caught on camera, despite his efforts to disable the surveillance system.
Before breaking in the thief had cut some of the camera cables, but missed one.
The footage isn't a slam dunk, as the man's face is covered by a mask and the bill of a red ball cap.
But it's clear to see that he's a husky white male, probably about 5-foot-10 and weighing around 200 pounds, according to investigators.
His casual manner is a clue.
"I think it's a customer who has been in here, or had a scout in here," Lamb said.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigator Rick Toney, who is working the case, agrees.
"They were pretty selective in what they took," he said. "I think they knew what they were doing."
What's with this "they" stuff?
Even though only one man is seen on camera, it's possible that a co-conspirator was outside, something Lamb suspects.
"I wonder if someone was outside watching for him," Lamb said. "He was just so leisurely."
The thief took 17 minutes in total from the time he first used a crowbar to jack open the door until he left with his second load of rod and reel combos.
Lamb has been at the spot near the Halesford Bridge on the lake's Franklin County side since 1998.
"I've never had any problems," he said.
Toney said he checked with Bedford County authorities, who said there hadn't been any similar incidents across the lake.
The investigator said the office is following a number of leads, but declined to offer specific information on progress for fear of hampering the investigation.
Anyone with information about the crime can call Toney's office at 483-3000.
It's probably best the tips go to Toney rather than Lamb. There are already enough lost anchors on the bottom of Smith Mountain Lake.
Big night for Hunters for the Hungry
Hunters for the Hungry scored big Saturday night, thanks to a small group of dedicated volunteers and a big group of kind-hearted souls.
The Big Island-based charity netted an astounding $25,474.33 at the group's Roanoke Sportsman's Banquet, which drew about 200 guests to the Roanoke Moose lodge.
In its seven years the Roanoke event has pulled in $169,177.
Many conservation banquets associated with national groups have the benefit of starting with auction and raffle materials provided by the national headquarters.
Members of the Roanoke Hunters for the Hungry banquet committee solicit businesses and individuals for donations, which this year ran the gamut from fancy cigars to firearms and fishing gear.
That approach is more work, but pays off in the end because the group doesn't need to take the cost of auction goods out of the gross proceeds.
Based on the average cost of processing and distributing a deer, the $25,474.33 will put more than 110,000 quarter-pound servings of venison on the plates of needy Virginians.
For information on how to directly donate to Hunters for the Hungry, or to find the location of the nearest deer processing station, visit www.h4hungry.org.
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