A YACHT-OWNER who had been a victim of theft found his boat being towed along a motorway two provinces away the following day.
The proprietor reported his €45,000 craft as having been stolen from the Marina Greenwich port (pictured) in Altea (Alicante province) overnight – but the next day, a member of the man's company, in whose name the yacht was registered, told police he had seen it on the back of a lorry.
It was spotted on the AP-7 motorway in Oropesa del Mar on the coast of the province of Castellón, over 200 kilometres north of its rightful location.
Traffic police in Oropesa were immediately notified, and tracked down the vehicle and the yacht on board within the hour.
They found its identification plates, engine serial number and boat ID number had all been changed and were fake.
The drivers were in possession of a forged invoice 'proving' they had bought it.
A search on the lorry uncovered various tools used to alter the yacht specification.
Two men were arrested and handed over to a court in Castellón city, and the boat was returned to its owner less than 24 hours after it had been pinched.