Limestone County: Thefts At Area Lake Cost Local Family Thousands

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email

LIMESTONE COUNTY (May 7, 2014) The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents of Lake Limestone to take precaution after a boat and boat motor were stolen from a family there recently.

The boat was stolen last week at the home of Heath Neyland which sits just off the lake on county road 369.

Neyland says he often ties his boat up to the bank of his property to run trot lines, but woke up one morning to find it missing.

After searching for it, he reported it stolen to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Neyland says the boat cost him a little over $10,000 and was filled with equipment worth hundreds of dollars.

Days later Neyland’s son, who also lives on the lake near Neyland, had his boat motor stolen. Neyland also reported that theft to authorities.

“A lot of people may say that’s just a boat, but to me it’s devastating," Neyland said.

Park Rangers with the Brazos River Authority at Lake Limestone said Wednesday that they haven’t seen a boat theft there in some years. They also noted that Lake Limestone is a fairly peaceful place with little criminal activity.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the thefts. Meanwhile, Neyland is offering up $1,000 to anyone who returns his boat.

He also wants neighbors and other lake residents to know about the thefts so they can protect themselves.

“I just want to make people are aware that there could be some criminal activities going on out here, and that if they’re not protecting their stuff, then they need to be,” Neyland said.

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