12/5/2012 12:03:00 PM Followup Police, Sheriff seek public's help to solve continuing golf cart thefts
Police and YCSO deputies have asked for the publicís help to solve thefts and damage of utility and golf carts like the ones above at Prescott Country Club and Quailwood Golf Courses.
Prescott Valley Tribune
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies and Prescott Valley Police officers still are seeking the public's help to solve golf cart thefts that have been going on for several weeks.
In one incident on Nov. 10 someone cut chain link fencing surrounding the Prescott Country Club golf course maintenance yard and stole an electric utility cart, said YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn. The cart later was found on the golf course. D'Evelyn said the theft likely occurred during late night or early morning hours.
A week before that theft, a cart from Quaiwood Greens Golf Course across Highway 69 was found behind a Prescott Country Club home. By Thanksgiving, deputies and police officers investigated the thefts and recovered several carts in these areas.
The most recent incidents happened between this past Saturday evening and Sunday morning, when thieves once again cut the fence around the Prescott Country Club maintenance yard and took another electric maintenance cart. The cart was later found in the Agua Fria riverbed next to Quailwood Estates.
Later on Sunday, officers were called to the 10900 block of Singletree Trail in the Country Club, where neighbors reported seeing two suspicious males at about 5:30 a.m. that morning. One resident found that his fence had recently been damaged.
D'Evelyn said deputies believe suspects are starting the carts with duplicate keys as owners have not been leaving keys in the ignitions. Carts are found with damage from being ridden off road, and carts also are damaging greens.
D'Evelyn said the damages and thefts are not "pranks," but could bring felony charges of theft of transportation, trespassing, and criminal damage. Suspects also could lose driving privileges if convicted, he said.
Police ask that people be alert for suspicious activity around these communities. Generally, D'Evelyn said, golf carts are not driven after hours, and the activity appears more frequent during weekend nights and during school breaks.
D'Evelyn said deputies believe the men involved in the weekend incidents are also responsible for prior thefts of carts from the PCC and Quailwood golf courses.
One of the suspects involved in the weekend incidents is described as male, about six feet tall, wearing a dark blue jacket, dark green pants, black stocking cap and displaying a knife sheath on this right thigh. The second suspect was described as slightly shorter, wearing dark clothes and a jacket.
D'Evelyn said deputies recovered evidence from the area, including burglary tools.
Anyone with information about the thefts or who observes suspicious activity should immediately call YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.