Alabama Marine Police Lt. Alex Smith was recently honored at Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, Ala., for his many years of investigating marine thefts in the area. In particular, Smith was cited for his role in solving the March 2011 equipment theft from the park’s tour boat.
During the annual meeting of the Historic Blakeley Authority, the Authority’s board of directors awarded Smith with a ship’s bell that had been returned to the park due to his investigation of the tour boat theft.
Tom Purvis, Blakeley board chairman and former sheriff of Mobile Co., and Sheriff Huey Mack, board member and sheriff of Baldwin Co., presented the award to Smith. Sheriff Mack also recognized Smith for his work in the park’s Civil War reenactments and for assistance in locating historic sites in the area.
Smith’s investigation of the stolen tour boat equipment led Mobile and Spanish Fort law enforcement officers to the alleged leader of a theft ring operating in the coastal and inland waters of both counties. Officers recovered numerous stolen items including cowlings (motor covers) and propellers that were stolen from the two motors on the Blakeley boat. The cowlings have been returned to Blakeley Park. The park is awaiting the return of the propellers.
“Lieutenant Smith consistently goes above and beyond his regular duties to assist the public,” said Jo Ann Flirt, Director of Historic Blakeley State Park. “It is fitting he receive this award.”
Lieutenant Smith has served 21 years with the Alabama Marine Police, a division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He lives in Baldwin Co. and works out of the Marine Police office in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.