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Rash of golf cart thefts have been occurring at Ontario golf courses the past three years

More than 190 carts have been taken from 18 courses since 2021

June 4, 2024  By Turf & Rec



A rash of golf cart thefts has been occurring at several Ontario golf courses over the past three years, including four incidents last month alone.

The thefts have occurred during the evening hours, and golf course owners believe it’s the work of professional thieves.

The golf cart thefts began in 2021 with most carts stolen in 2022 and 2o24. More than 190 carts have been stolen from 18 golf courses over the past three years. Among the largest incidents of larceny occurred in November 2022 at Rockway Glen Estate Golf Course and Winery near St. Catharines where 44 carts were stolen.

Eleven carts were stolen in April from Settlers Ghost Golf Club near Barrie. The vehicles were loaded onto a trailer hauled by a heavy-duty pickup truck.

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A more recent occurrence, which happened last week, saw 12 carts stolen from Wolf Run Golf Club near Peterborough. Police have since found the carts and have charged a 44-year-old man with theft.

The National Golf Course Owners Association suspects teams of thieves are at work and want police to determine if the thefts are related. Although it hasn’t been determined where the carts are going, trailer parks, cottages and farms are places where golf carts are frequently used.

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