TUMUT Golf Club president John Cruise has described the theft of seven golf carts and damage to the club’s cart shed on Wednesday morning as “heartbreaking.”
“It is vandalism at it’s worst,” he said. “People take a lot of pride in their stuff, and volunteers put in a lot of time looking after the place, only to have yahoos vandalise it; it’s heartbreaking.”
The offenders broke into the cart shed after 3am on Wednesday.
“Nine carts were moved, and seven stolen,” Mr Cruise said. “They got in the side door by breaking the lock and a went out through the roller door.“
Tumut residents reported hearing the offenders riding the carts around town, making much noise and knocking bins over.
The carts are owned by club members, rather than the club itself.
“They found them in various places at the Franklin end of town,” Mr Cruise said.
The carts were retrieved by police and members of the public, and taken to Tumut Outdoor Power Centre, where police forensically examined them and searched for fingerprints.
“Two or three of them have cracked windscreens, and one has front-end damage, but the rest should scrub up okay,” Mr Cruise said.
Many are coated in mud and at least one has a flat tyre.
The police investigations are continuing, and Inspector Steve Radford of Tumut Police is appealing to anyone with information to contact the station on 6947 7199.
“There was a large number of people involved, so someone must know something,” he said.