Raft Thieves Caught in Arkansas Red-Handed
I went up to Arkansas to run the Cossatot with my son Henry and Tomcat. All that went well for the most part. But there were these guys with a 12 ft Star raft. I had seen them as I was driving down to the falls parking. They looked out of place. When we took out at the end of our run, a lot of people were talking about those guys and that raft.
It seems someone had their raft stolen the week before up in Northern Arkansas, it so happened to be a 12 ft Star raft. Here were these 4 miscreants with a a raft that matched the description, including the hole that had been made in the floor for dropping a trolling motor through. Only thing missing was the serial number. Gee, thieves wouldn't remove a serial number would they?
The 4 thieves picked the worst weekend and location on the planet to test out their stolen raft. It was the Arkansas Canoe Club's weekend up there on the Cossatot. More kayakers, Canoeists than I could count, several of who knew the real owners of the raft and knew the raft.
Well, the Park Rangers got called. The 4 wannabe rafters got cuffed and hauled off out of the rain to a new home with 3 meals and a bed.
It was a hugely entertaining weekend. Got to run a great river, watch my kid run the falls, and got to watch justice in action!!!!
And the Lord said, let there be whitewater. So on Friday, the 13th day of the month....