Thief pulls caper at McNeil Island, site of former prison, stealing boat and tools
McNEIL ISLAND, Wash. -- A brazen thief has hit McNeil Island, site of the state's Special Commitment Center for sexually violent predators.
On Friday, a "breach" was discovered on the island, which was the site for decades of a federal, then state prison, said Trooper Brooke Bova with the Washington State Patrol.
A small boat was found abandoned. It didn't have a hull number and was likely stolen, Bova said.
Then it was discovered that tools had been stolen from the Department of Social and Health Services, which runs the commitment center.
A boat, a 20-foot 1996 Thunder Jet, was also stolen. It is owned by DSHS.
It was last seen at Longbranch, Wash.
No one from the commitment center is missing.