Allan Wade’s “loaded” golf cart was stolen mid-round when he had his back turned at the Memphis, Tenn., golf course. There have been 14 thefts from motor vehicles on the property so far this year, compared to three for the same period in 2015.
Police say a thief took off with Memphis City Attorney Allan Wade’s loaded golf cart at Audubon Park Golf Course in Memphis, Tenn., the Memphis-based WATN-TV reported.
The news of the stolen cart outraged other golfers. Cleveland Rankin hits the links at Audubon Golf Course several times a week for the last 15 years, WATN-TV reported.
“I try to be careful myself,” said Rankin. “I always try to play with someone. I never play by myself, that way you won’t have anyone sneaking up behind you, taking your cart or your belongings.”
Crime mapping shows an increased number of thefts off the course on Audubon Park property. There have been 18 reported crimes, including 14 thefts from motor vehicle incidents, so far this year. That’s compared to just seven reported crimes, and three theft from motor vehicle incidents, for the same period in 2015, WATN-TV reported.
Still, those who work at or enjoy Audubon Park and its golf course don’t believe this one incident should spark too much alarm. “I feel like it was an isolated incident but like I said, crime is everywhere and I just hope and pray our city gets better and they find the man’s clubs,” said Marcellus Woodlow.
“Just a fluke, you know, guy, just, one in a million in my opinion,” said Scott Gentry, an Audubon Golf Course employee.
Police said they’ve yet to recover that stolen golf cart, WATN-TV reported.