Police looking for golf cart burglar in Carolina Beach


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — If you’re a golf cart owner in Carolina Beach, you may want to keep your golf cart under lock and key.

“Over the past three weeks, we’ve received four reports for missing golf carts, Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey said.”

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The most recent theft was during the Carolina Beach music festival.

“It’s just too easy to take a golf cart. In a couple of minutes it could be gone. So I’m taking care not to get it stolen,” golf cart owner Dane Yates said.

Spivey says golf carts have been stolen in the past, but usually have turned up. Now, that’s not the case.

“Somebody may take a golf cart from a location and then drive it somewhere and leave it. that seems to be what commonly happens these past incidents have rendered no golf cart found so they’re a little bit different than what we’ve encountered before,” Spivey said.

Police are asking golf cart owners to keep their golf carts secured by parking them inside of their own garages, fastening a chain to them to keep them safe, or getting a custom key made. The reason the chief recommends making a custom key is because many golf carts use the same kind of key, making it easy to use them in another golf cart. Some golf cart owners are furious and don’t want to see it happen to their own carts.

“It would be a great surprise and anguish and anger of course. and plus, those things are not cheap. So, there’s quite a bit of monetary substance gone out of my pocket,” golf cart owner Bill Jolly said.

But for now, the cart burglar is still on the loose.