Wisconsin officials seek man accused of stealing water ski boats, Craigslist scam

Courtesy: Dodge County Sheriff's Office
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BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WIFR) -- The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office asks for the public’s help to identify a suspect associated with stealing Beaverland Must-Skis water ski boats.

In a Facebook post earlier this month, members of the Beaverland Must-Skis Water Ski Show Team reported the boats were missing from a storage facility. The team says both two boats were found, but there were missing parts of their motors, according to the sheriff.

According to a report​ from WKOW, a Must-Skis spokesperson says one of the missing boats was found after a tip from someone in Rockford. The second boat was also found in Beloit, per the spokesperson.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says the stolen boats were connected to a Craigslist scam.

Per a news release​, people responded to a Craigslist advertisement for outboard boat motors, and traded cash and other items for the boats.

The suspect was described as a man around 50 years old, at least six feet tall, muscular and with a full head of brown hair.

According to the people who met the suspect for the Craigslist transaction, the suspect had a medium length and bushy beard and was wearing a flannel shirt tucked into jeans and square toe cowboy boots. The individual allegedly identified himself as Mark E. Jones but also said his nickname was “Earl”.

The sheriff’s office said the man was ”associated” with a maroon or dark red Ford extended cab pickup truck with no capper or cover.

A sketch of the suspect was provided from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office. If you have any information on the suspect, contact Detective Andy Rolfs at 920-386-4130 or the Dodge County Sheriff’s at 920-386-3726.

This was the original post from the Must-Skis Show Team when the boats went missing, which has since been updated: