Off the Wall News: Turkey day vandals on joy ride in Elizabethton dump golf carts into pond

John Thompson • Dec 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Vandals struck the Elizabethton Golf Course on a chilly Thanksgiving, damaging course property and golf carts.

Capt. Anthony Buck of the Elizabethton Police Department met with Herman Roland, manager of the course. He had previously reported on Wednesday that vandals had pried off a lock on a storage shed and attempted to pry off another lock on a different shed.

Roland said when he checked the course on Thanksgiving morning he said he discovered someone had taken six golf carts, which had been secured by a cable.

Four of the carts were found scattered about the area. The remaining two were found sitting side by side in a shallow portion of a pond.

Buck said the carts had been driven all over the course, up and down hills, and it appeared the carts had been driven in circles. One of the carts apparently ran through a wooden fence, ran over and uprooted a tree, and ran over two golf flags on two greens, causing the cups to be pulled out of the ground.

Golf Cart 14 appeared to have sustained the most visible damage. Golf Cart 13 had the window broke and the steering had been severely damaged. Damage to the carts was estimated to be $2,800. Damage to the fence was estimated at $100. Damage to a dogwood tree was estimated at $25 and $25 for the two golf holes.

Extra patrol had been requested by Roland after the discovery of the vandalism to the locks and at 9:30 Wednesday evening three men had been stopped at the golf course and field interviews conducted. One of the men was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear in a misdemeanor case.

The police department is continuing to investigate Thursday's vandalism.

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