Police hunt for thieves who stole 16 golf carts in one week from Florida club

March 8, 2019
Golf carts like these ones have been stolen from The Cove Rotonda Golf Center in Florida.

Florida police are actively searching for thieves who stole 16 golf carts in one week from a Florida golf center.

The target of the golf cart sleuths is The Cove Rotonda Golf Center, which is located on Cape Haze Peninsula on Florida’s East Coast. But this isn’t the first time golf carts have disappeared from the club, according to a report from mysuncoast.com. Far from it.

Back in January, 14 golf carts were stolen from the club in a single night. Since then, The Cove has put in place much stricter security by moving the golf carts to a different location and adding surveillance cameras.

Despite those efforts, the thieves were somehow able to strike the club again and bring the total of missing golf carts to 30. In the most recent break-in, the new security cameras were torn from the walls and the keys to the building holding the carts were stolen.

“It’s really upsetting and disturbing to think that your courses have been violated,” Cathy Edelen, the Director of Golf, told mysuncoast.com. “There’s lots of new ideas that are floating around that the ownership is looking into, so hopefully the next time, if they do try to steal them again we’ll at least be able to track them down and know where to find them.”

Fortunately for the owners of The Cove, police recovered fingerprints and a few minutes of security footage that could lead them to the suspects.

The Cove is also offering a $5,000 reward “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the golf cart thieves.”

That’s a small price to pay considering the cost of the stolen carts: $75,000.

Amazingly, this isn’t even the strangest golf cart news to hit the Internet this week. On Monday, two suspects were charged for smuggling $40 million worth of meth in golf cart batteries.

In 2017, a group of thieves was arrested for stealing dozens of golf carts (as many as 30 per month) from all over Florida.