Whiskeytown National Recreation Area requests the assistance of the local community in providing any information relating to an extensive theft of property belonging to Suntex Marinas LLC. Suntex Marinas is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, and operates park marinas and other services under a concessions contract. This theft occurred in the Suntex moorage area at Oak Bottom, between the dates of Sunday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Stolen property totaling in excess of $12,000 includes the following:
- 10 Paddle boards (SUP Voyager, teal, 10'6" long)
- 14 Paddle arms (SUP, aluminum, black)
- 4 Boss CD players (white)
- 6 CB radios (Ship to Shore)
- 1 Fish Finder (Lowrance Hook)
- 2 Fuel cans (10 gallon)
- 10 Marine batteries (Interstate, 24M-XHD)
- 4 Mercury propellers
- Gas siphoned from boats
Anyone with information regarding this theft is encouraged to call the investigating officer at (530) 941-6280. Any information provided is greatly appreciated and callers can remain anonymous if desired, although a call back number is very helpful if clarification or follow-up is needed.
This loss is especially devastating considering the extensive losses sustained in the Carr Fire. Suntex Marinas acquired the concessions contract at Whiskeytown on July 13, 2018. On July 23, the Carr Fire started within the park, and on July 26, extensive loss and damage was sustained when the fire moved into the Oak Bottom area. Water and sewer infrastructure, housing, office space, a store, restrooms, a boat ramp and docks, and about 40 boats, including fishing boats, pontoons, deck cruisers, and party barges were destroyed. Suntex Marinas and the National Park Service have been working tirelessly to restore services in the area, and were hoping to open limited services to the public near the time of the theft.
The National Park Service encourages all park visitors to report any activity they deem suspicious to 911, or Whiskeytown Dispatch at (530) 242-3431.