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Authorities looking for suspects in boat thefts; 2 suspects arrested
Donald Ray Ladd
Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a series of boat thefts on the north end of Lake Lanier in which the boats were apparently taken, stripped for items that could be sold and abandoned. Two arrests have been made in the case of one of the thefts, according to a statement from Deputy Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Donald Ray Ladd, 46, and Bruce Michael Vandervoet, 56, were charged with one count each of felony theft by taking in connection with the theft of a 2007 Sun Chaser pontoon boat that was reported stolen July 21 from a dock on Shoreline Drive and recovered July 23 near Bolding Mill Park. Wilbanks said both have been released on bond. Both phone numbers listed for Ladd in the Hall County Comprehensive Justice Information System were out of order. An attempt to reach Vandervoet for comment was unsuccessful. Wilbanks said surveillance cameras viewed in cooperation with the homeowners’ association of the Timberidge community off Grant Ford Road led to the arrest of Ladd and Vandervoet. He said investigators are still trying to determine if the two were involved in any of the other thefts. He added that efforts are also being made to identify others who were seen on the surveillance camera and determine if they were involved in any of the thefts.