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Kidnapped Trailer Recovered

On Monday, we issued a BOLO for Velvet Hammer’s equipment trailer, stolen in the dead of night out of Richmond Yacht Club’s (gated and locked) parking lot. On Tuesday, Will Paxton reported that he’d recovered the trailer. “Good news — our trailer was found!” he wrote to us. “Extra thanks to you guys and Latitude 38 for the extra coverage. The community came together strong to put pressure on the thieves, as it looks like they hastily dumped our goods. Below is my update from Facebook.”

Trailer in a parking lot
The wayward trailer was found behind a school in Knightsen. (Knightsen is a small community in east Contra Costa County, east of Oakley in the Delta.)
© 2020 Will Paxton

“The trailer for Velvet Hammer has been recovered,” Paxton posted on Facebook. “As we suspected, everything of easy street value was stripped, but thankfully most of the hard-to-replace custom gear was still in there.

“Many thanks to all who kept up the social media pressure to drive the outcome. First of all I could not have done any of this without the support of the amazing and beautiful Jeane Marie Rodgers who worked tirelessly to create posters and push the social media outreach. I am humbled by the community sharing and contribution to the search, as there are too many to name. I personally traveled many roads outside our community to post fliers and plead for help and found great sympathy and willingness to help outside our sailing family. Officers of the Richmond PD, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Dept. and CHP all were very professional and responsive in our quest to recover the stolen gear.

“The insurance claim and investigation are ongoing, but rest assured we are still after these a-holes who targeted our community. We have some leads to follow.”

RYC, in the meantime, has continued to step up security and plans to update the key-fob gate entry system.


  1. Ken Brinkley 4 years ago

    Great outcome

  2. Greg Clausen 4 years ago

    Good outcome!! I’m glad it was recovered

  3. milly Biller 4 years ago

    Very relieved to hear this Will, but still such a personal violation. At RBW I got my tools stolen three times, but not the irreplaceable things like caulking mallets and irons. They just want the easy recognizable stuff. Well done to all who worked hard at this

  4. Victor Schreffler 4 years ago

    Bravo! I’m so thankful to hear the good news.

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