The golf carts, which are collectively valued at $27,000, were hauled away from the Minneapolis municipal golf course overnight.
Six golf carts were stolen after hours from the municipal Hiawatha Golf Club in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune reported.
The carts were hauled away from the property, said Park and Recreation Board spokeswoman Dawn Sommers. Some type of large vehicle must have been used to make off from the 80-year-old course with the carts, Sommers said, which are collectively valued at $27,000, the Star Tribune reported.
The thefts occurred sometime after closing Tuesday night and before the attendant arrived at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sommers said. Neither the white carts, with canopies and the course’s logo on the front, nor the thief or thieves have been located, the Star Tribune reported.
“Somebody planned it, and they executed it,” Sommers said. “We’d very much like to have them back and have golfers using them.”
Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto declined to explain “the methods or tactics” used to pull off the crime.The 18-hole course’s carts are stored in a secured area outside not far from the clubhouse, the Star Tribune reported.
The gasoline-fueled carts, from a leased inventory of 30, have lights shining on them at night and are always in view of video surveillance, the Star Tribune reported.
Course manager Dan Stoneburg said that outside storage is “coming to an end” in the wake of someone being “able to break into the secured area and get them out.” This is the biggest cart heist Stoneburg has seen at the course in his 30 years on the job, though he noted that four were swiped in one incident last year, the Star Tribune reported.
“This is the frustrating part of this job,” Stoneburg said. “These carts must be a wanted thing for some reason.”
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