It’s been a while, but long time readers know how strongly we believe in the connection between stolen golf carts and water. For a long time there, it seemed that every time we reported on a golf cart incident, one or more of the vehicles ended up in some kind of water on the course: a pond, a stream, a river, and in one case, the country club swimming pool. Something about those electric carts that makes drivers–especially drunk ones–head straight to the largest body of water nearby. (We’ve applied for several federal grants to study this phenomena, but so far have not received any money to do so.)
So, you can understand our muted joy when we came across this story on KHOU in Houston that talks about recent vandalism at the Pecan Grove Country Club. According to police, vandals broke into a barn when the carts are stored overnight and drove as many as six of them into the club’s pond. Why “as many as six?” Because the carts started sinking before the cops could get there and, with heavy rains in the area, it was hard to tell how many were submerged.
In addition, a number of other carts were damaged when they were driven without being disconnected from their charging units. 18 other carts and the beverage cart–oh no!–were found abandoned around the course. In total, Pecan Grove estimates the damage at $80,000-$90,000. The good news? There’s a $5000 reward being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of the perps. Tips can be called in to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-8477 or online at fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org or via text message – just text “FBCCS” plus your info to 274637