GLOVERSVILLE - The pastor of the First Free Methodist Church, Wil Sharpe, and the city police department are seeking the public's assistance in recovering a boat that was stolen from his property last weekend.
Capt. John Sira said the 1970 Cobia Bowrider boat was stolen Aug. 3 around 10:30 a.m. from Sharpe's home at 205 Kingsboro Ave.
Sharpe said his neighbor saw a white man in his late 30s to early 40s pulling the boat out of his driveway with a late model dark-green SUV and assumed Sharpe sold it to him.
The reported missing boat owned by Pastor Wil Sharpe from First Free Methodist Church in Gloversville is shown.
The boat is light blue with a white deck, dark blue back to back seats and a 70 hp Evinrude motor.
"[Sharpe] didn't realize it was stolen until the fourth because a friend of his was going to do work on it, so when it was gone, he didn't think anything of it until he saw the friend at church the next day and asked how he was making out on his boat and got the response that [the friend] didn't have the boat," Sira said.
"It's amazing someone would take it during the day, without knowing, or perhaps they did know there was no one home at the time, even though there were two cars parked at our house," Sharpe said about the incident. "Any help to recover it would be appreciated."
Sharpe and the church are well-known in the community for programs for the needy.
During the last two years, the First Free Methodist Church and its volunteers have provided food on the first Thursday of every month starting at 9 a.m. The church also gives out canned and dry goods, produce, bread and meat every Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church at 1200 County Highway 122.
Sira said the police checked some leads but are limited because there aren't any navigable waterways in the city officers can watch.
"It could be in any of the many lakes we have in the county," Sira said of the boat's whereabouts.
He said the boat's identification number is NY7830FM, and if anybody comes across that number and model, they should call the city police department.
People with information can call the tips line 773-4505 or the Sergeant's desk at 773-4506.