Gang targets golf clubs across Norfolk and steals batteries from golf buggies
PUBLISHED: 17:05 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:14 24 March 2017
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The hunt continues today for a gang of thieves who have been targeting golf clubs across the county.
Four clubs in Norfolk have had batteries stolen from golf buggies on their sites this month, with police linking thefts at Barnham Broom Golf Club and Bawburgh Golf Club.
It is believed that batteries have been stolen as they contain lead that can be sold for scrap.
The first theft happened at the club in Bawburgh in the early hours of March 1 where four golf buggies were tampered with and 24 batteries were stolen in total.
Jamie Goose, manager of the club, said that CCTV footage revealed that the gang cut the security ropes around the buggies and then stole the batteries. He added that they were on the site for 35 minutes and since the theft they had increased security measures at the club.
Police are linking this theft to a similar one at Barnham Broom Golf Club on Monday. CCTV showed that the gang entered the complex at 12.30am and spent five hours on site until they were disturbed by an employee.
A total of 35 batteries were stolen from 25 buggies but a further 35 where found at the edge of the boundary complex where they were loading up a white VW van before they were disturbed.
Greg Hacon, head of golf at the club, said that thousands of pounds worth of damage has been done and they were heightening their security measures.
“The buggies are secured behind metal fencing and they climbed over the fence, tampered with the buggies and then pulled out the batteries,” he said. “Our buggies are going to be out of action for eight weeks and we have increased security across the entire golf and hotel complex with patrols and we are installing night vision cameras.”
Police also confirmed that golf buggy batteries were stolen from Swaffham Golf Club between March 7 and 8 and at the Royal Norwich Golf Club some time between 5pm on March 9 and 6am on March 10. Police are currently not linking these two incidents to the other two.