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Man Who Stole Sailboat ‘On a Whim’ Receives Suspended Sentence

A German man who stole a sailboat from the harbour in Ísafjörður in the Westfjords this fall has received a suspended sentence of three months in prison, RÚV reports. The man confessed to the theft and was cooperative during the resulting police investigation.

The man used a screwdriver to break into the Inook sailboat on the evening of Saturday, October 13th and then sailed it out of the harbour. By the time the theft was reported the next day, the man had sailed the boat from the Westfjords to Breiðafjörður, where the boat was spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter. The Coast Guard directed the man to sail to the harbour at Rif, a small fishing village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where he was arrested.

Vísir reports that the man told authorities that he’d stolen the boat on a “sudden whim” and had no explanation for his actions except that he’d been looking for a little adventure.

The man has been subject to a travel ban since he was arrested. In addition to his suspended prison sentence, he was also sentenced to pay just over one million krónur [$8,105; €7,132] in litigation costs.

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