Broward’s boat captain offers reward for recovering stolen ‘unique’ fishing rods

POMPANO BEACH, Florida. – A thief stole nearly $25,000 worth of fishing rods and reels from a charter boat captain in Broward County, so on Friday he offered a cash reward to anyone who helps him get his property back – no questions asked of questions.

Captain Mark DiDario, Jr. of Lighthouse Point uses his Buddy Davis 61 Sportfish “Waterdogged” to run his business from a marina near East Atlantic Boulevard and North Riverside Drive in Pompano Beach.

“My whole life kind of fell apart.”

DiDario hopes someone will help him get his custom fishing rods back.

″This is how I put food on my table. I work on the water every day. We’re going fishing…I need those to go to work,” DiDario said.

A charter boat captain says a burglar stole about $25,000 worth of gear from a Pompano Beach marina.

Surveillance video shows he lost his hard-earned investment within minutes.

Under cover of darkness early Monday morning, DiDario said the burglar used a kayak to gain access to the Sands Harbor Resort & Marina area and tied it to the dock.

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Surveillance video shows the burglar was ready to board DiDario’s boat. He quickly found a spare key hidden on board, opened the door to access the fishing gear and placed it on the dock.

The video shows the burglar crossing the Intracoastal Waterway to a vacant waterfront property that has been put up for sale. DiDario believes it was a carefully planned heist and there was a driver on the run.

“I built these rods to do exactly what we need for us and they are one of a kind, so somebody has these one of a kind rods,” DiDario said.

A burglar struck Captain Mark DiDario, Jr., of Lighthouse Point, who uses his Buddy Davis 61 Sportfish “Waterdogged” to run his business from a marina in Pompano Beach.

There have been other victims of thieves exploiting waterway access to Pompano Beach marinas. Vinny Muratore knows their modus operandi. A thief stole his boat NauticStar 32 Xs.

“What they will do is they will cross the canal quietly, board the boat from the water,” Muratore said, adding that the thieves “take electronics and stuff and get away with it. go into the water”.

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DiDario can be reached on Instagram or at 954-451-2628. Deputies are asking anyone with information about the case to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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