Multiple arrests at Smith Mountain Lake have marred the week following Memorial Day weekend.
According to Sgt. James Slaughter of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, DGIF officers were patrolling Smith Mountain Lake on May 24 when they came across a blue and white Sea-Doo personal watercraft that was not displaying a registration decal. There were a male and female subject riding the PWC, Slaughter said. After making a stop, the officers observed that the hull identification number had been removed and the registration number did not come back as a valid vessel.
According to Slaughter, the vessel was later confirmed to be a personal watercraft (PWC) that was reported stolen during an alleged breaking and entering in the Wirtz area of Franklin County in May. After arriving at the location, the PWC’s owners provided specific identifying details about the vessel, such as information about equipment that was inside the PWC at the time it was reported stolen.
-For more information, see the June 5 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-