Canoe theft spoils New Year's paddle for capital couple

The theft of this canoe spoiled a romantic Shawnigan Lake paddle. -
The theft of this canoe spoiled a romantic Shawnigan Lake paddle.
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A canoe found on the beach is not a case of finder's keepers.

Such is the belief of canoe owners Andy Sedmak and Susan Lobe whose 16-foot orange boat was stolen from Shawnigan Lake's Mason's Beach around 3:30 p.m. New Year's Day.

"They went for a nice, romantic paddle for three hours, come out to warm up and it disappeared under their noses," said Lobe's dad, Maurice, who's a lake resident.

Playing detectives, photos of tire marks and footprints were snapped, then handed to the Shawnigan Lake RCMP.

Maurice figures the thieves were driving a 3/-4-ton pickup, saw the Fiberglas craft — dubbed 'Susie' by Sedmak — and took it.

"They sure knew how to ruin an nice New Year's afternoon," Maurice said. "This put a damper on it.

"This canoe has more sentimental value than anything else."

Sedmak is offering a reward for details leading to the return of his old canoe, Maurice noted.

Witnesses, or folks spotting an orange canoe, can call the Mounties at 250-743-5514.


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