Golfers recover stolen golf cart
Good detective work has led to the recovery of an $11,000 golf cart stolen from Muriwai Golf Club.
General manager Ray Barnett and a superintendent drove the electric vehicle 3km back to the Coast Rd club in the early hours of the morning.
They seized the transporter while offenders slept and trekked slowly along rural roads to the clubhouse.
The cart was allegedly stolen from a chained shed during a presentation function for the Maori Bay Board Riders Club the previous night. It was pinched while a security guard patrolled the front door. A monitoring company raised the alarm.
Mr Barnett scoured the beach and club grounds to find narrow wheel marks heading out of the gate towards Motutara Rd, Muriwai. He followed the tracks and searched Muriwai until he spotted the missing carriage parked in a driveway.
Mr Barnett alerted his colleague and they launched a dawn raid.
Thieves damaged the cart ignition lock and smashed the windscreen. Repairs will cost $600, he says. The vehicle was taken from a secure shed in the basement below the lounge which hosted the awards event.
The roller door to the shed is so buckled it will need replacing, he says.
Damage to the door and the cart rack up a $3000 repair bill.
"We're disappointed at what humans get up to. "We can't look after everyone but it's disappointing for the club."