Police Solve Boat Mystery in Martin’s Lagoon

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The abandoned boat (courtesy Md. Natural Resource Police)

Mystery appeared on a mooring in Martin’s Lagoon last month. The answer of how an abandoned boat made its way to the Baltimore County spot emerged from the depths this week.

According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, the 37-foot boat appeared one day in the ¬†lagoon near Martin State Airport in April. The couple who left it there apparently didn’t want to finish a tow job.

Neighbors immediately took note, as the vessel was partially sunk and tied to a dilapidated pier. Meanwhile, Mark and Kimberly Bartels were cashing an $1,800 check they received to tow the boat to Annapolis, police said.

They tried to leave no trace, but eventually a dive team found a clue. While an ID number on the hull was removed, they were able to read the state registration number. Police found the tow boat, then located the Bartels.

They’re scheduled to appear in court in June. The charge of abandoning boat could net a fine of $31,500, each.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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