Police: Man Stole 42,000 Golf Balls from Missouri Range

Thursday December 11th, 2014
Police say Nathan Brown has stolen 42,000 golf balls since November 2013.
Maryland Heights Police Department

Finding a stray one in the bushes? Maybe. Borrowing a range ball? Perhaps. But allegedly stealing thousands of golf balls has landed one man in trouble with the police.

Prompted by a tip, Nathan Brown, 27, was taken into custody by police last week when he admitted to stealing multitudes of golf balls from Golfport in Maryland Heights, Mo. Police said Brown stole more than 42,000 range balls on three different occasions since November 2013, using nightfall as his cover.

“That almost put us out of business because you need golf balls to operate,” Golfport owner Carol Boggs told FOX2 news in St. Louis.

“We couldn’t imagine that anybody could come in here and pick up that many golf balls without somebody recognizing that there’s somebody out there picking golf balls.”

Two thousand balls have been recovered, but the rest of them - along with the underlying question, "Why?" - are still at large.

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