Burglars hit golf facilities

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014

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Golf clubs across South Canterbury and North Otago have been targeted by thieves.

Three South Canterbury and three North Otago golf clubs were broken into on Sunday and in the early hours of yesterday.

Police believe incidents at Tekapo, Waimate and St Andrew's may be connected to break-ins at Otematata, Omarama and Kurow golf clubs, with all of them reported yesterday.

Constable Fred Lomano, of Waimate, said the Waimate clubrooms were broken into about 5.20am yesterday. The drinks chiller was forced open, which set off the alarm, he said.

Three doors were damaged after being forced open with a jimmy bar.

Waimate Golf Club grounds convenor Alan Sheppard said the clubhouse had sustained a lot of damage.

"We're going to have to replace four doors and locks."

At 5.50am, St Andrew's Golf Club was targeted for the second time in two months.

Constable Marcus Dominey, of Timaru, said the clubhouse door was forced open and would cost about $200 to repair.

"The security alarm appears to have frightened the offenders and they left without taking anything."

In mid-December, an office window was broken and cash taken, costing the club $180. St Andrew's president Tom Hurst said it was "very disappointing".

Last night, Constable Sam Winchester, of Timaru, said he had received a report yesterday afternoon of a break-in at the Cairns Golf Course in Tekapo, with damage to a door reported.

Constable Dean Paterson, of Oamaru, said it appeared the Omarama club was entered between 3pm on Sunday and 7am yesterday, while Kurow reported its break-in as within a two-day time frame.

Otematata appeared to have been targeted overnight on Sunday, Mr Paterson said.

Green fees had been taken from honesty boxes at the three North Otago clubs.

"I believe the incidents are connected," Mr Paterson said. "It's hard to put an amount on it; they will have to have an add-up."

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- The Timaru Herald

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