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Vandals tee off golf club

Heidi Rice

The New Castle Police Department is looking for any information or leads on suspects involved in stealing 20 golf carts from the Lakota Canyon Golf Club and destroying the majority of them.Total damage is estimated at $150,000.The incident occurred late on Saturday, Feb. 5, or in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 6, according to Sgt. Anthony Webb, who is investigating the case.”Somebody managed to gain access to the golf carts, which were outside by the clubhouse,” he said. “They started them and drove them to three different spots.”At the first spot at hole 2, which overlooks the fairway for hole 1, 12 of the carts were pushed off the cliff and landed in a pile on the fairway.”Every one of them was demolished – destroyed beyond repair,” Webb said. Four more were launched off a rock ledge at hole 9. Two were able to be driven out and two needed to be towed. Another cart was pushed down a hill at hole 8 and tipped over. No damage was sustained to that cart. A cart was left on the old Cemetery Road, tipped over with its tires slashed. Another was left in the middle of Castle Valley Boulevard with slashed tires. The last cart wasn’t driven off, but had its global position system unit ripped out.”The GPS system allows employees to track where golfers are on the course, enables customers to order meals and drinks wherever they are and provides players with a layout of the course,” Webb said. “These carts are very nice.”Access to the carts was likely gained through a universal key which fits all the golf carts.”The sole purpose of this crime was to cause (Lakota Canyon) financial burden,” Webb said. “It was a crime of opportunity.”While there are no firm suspects in the case at this time, police believe it may have been done by juveniles.”We have nothing concrete, but we’re hoping that someone in the community has some leads,” Webb said.Those with any information may call Webb anonymously at the New Castle Police Department, 984-2302, ext. 108, and leave a message.


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