19' Aquasport boat stolen in Chatham, recovered in Orleans; Orleans officer promoted to sergeant

19' Aquasport stolen in Chatham, recovered in Orleans

ORLEANS - On Monday, July 6, 2009, the Orleans Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Harwich Road and recovered a 19' Aquasport, center console boat, from that location.

Matthew C. Kane (right), 41, of Orleans, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over the value of $250 and arraigned in Orleans District Court on Friday, July 10, 2009. In February 2009 the Chatham Police Department had taken a report of a stolen boat from a residence in their town. At the time, a general broadcast was sent for the stolen boat, motor and trailer.

Detectives in both towns were made aware of a boat matching that description on Harwich Road, and through a follow up investigation, the owner was able to identify his boat, but the trailer and motor were gone.

While continuing the investigation after the recovery of the boat, detectives were able to locate and recover the missing 85 horsepower engine and trailer.

Additional charges are now pending.

Release and mugshot courtesy of the Orleans Police Department.

Orleans officer, Matthew Watts, promoted to sergeant

ORLEANS - Police Chief Jeffrey Roy is pleased to announce the promotion of Officer Matthew Watts to the position of sergeant effective August 1st, 2009. Officer Watts was chosen through a competitive process including a written examination, an oral interview panel and a review of his past performance. He will take over a supervisory position that will be vacant due to the retirement of Lt. Kevin Wells.

The Chief presented the process to the Board of Selectmen, the appointing authority,
on June 17th and they unanimously approved the promotion.

Officer Watts began with the Orleans Police Department on July 18, 1986 and has worked all three shifts throughout his career. He has been given increasing responsibilities and has proven his leadership abilities when called upon to fill in as a shift supervisor. He recently attended several police leadership courses including a two week First Line Supervisor Course at Roger Williams University.

During the past two years he has written and then administered several traffic grants and has taken over the maintenance of police vehicles.

Officer Watts lives in Orleans with his wife Margaret and two children Michael and Brittany.

Release courtesy of the Orleans Police Department.

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