$100K worth of boating supplies stolen

West Marine
West Marine

Authorities are investigating the theft of an entire shipping container.

It was filled with boating supplies valued about $100,000.

The container was supposed to end up at West Marine, but it never made it there.

West Marine is the largest after market boating supplier in the world, with one store in Hawaii on Nimitz Highway and headquarters in California.

Every Tuesday like clockwork, they receive a shipment of goods in a Horizon Lines shipping container.

On the Tuesday the week before Christmas, they were expecting another shipment to arrive at their store.

“We received a phone call in the morning from our freight forwarder and they said that they couldn’t locate our container. So we said ‘ok,’ and we were on hold until later in the day. And they said ‘It’s lost. We can’t locate it at this time. But we’re sure it’s going to resurface,’” said Rob Johnson, West Marine Manager.

But more than a month later, the container is still nowhere to be found.

“However, they have found the chassis on which the container sat on. It was abandoned and left on H-1. I think we received a phone call last week and they said they had found the chassis,” Johnson said.

He says when their freight forwarder, Island Movers, went to pick up their container from Horizon Lines on Sand Island, the container had already been picked up, or rather, likely stolen from Pier 51.

“All I was told was that the FBI was involved in the search for the container and the product, and that’s it,” Johnson said.

Inside the container was about $100,000 worth of goods.

“Everything you see in the store, from kayaks and fishing to apparel to electronics, engine parts,” Johnson said.

Some of items were things customers had ordered as Christmas gifts.

“Last thing, we want to be is the person responsible for not getting people their Christmas gifts, so that was the biggest concern,” Johnson said.

West Marine was able to bring in most of the items from their California warehouse through FedEx 2Day shipping, in time for Christmas.

Now, it’s still a mystery as to where the container and goods ended up.

When asked if he thinks they’ll be recovered, Johnson said, “Oh no, I don’t think so. I don’t think that we’ll see that. I think we’ll see a small percentage of it where people will attempt to return it, but for the most part I think it will be sold outside the open market.”

It’s rare for a entire shipping container to get stolen from the pier because there are security measures in place.

A longtime Horizon worker told KHON2 this is the first time something like this has happened, that he knows of, in the 20-plus years he’s been there.

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