Golf cart damage leads to juvenile arrests

By Marj Frew

Security cameras played an important role in arresting the suspects in this weekend’s burglaries at the Martin Golf Course cart shed.

James Begeman reported the first break in at 11:00 Friday morning to the Martin Police Department. According to Police Chief Brandon Petersen, “Begeman came to the police department and reported that someone had broken into the golf shed, and there were multiple carts stolen, missing, and were located across Martin and Bennett County.”

Officer Daniel Dove was the reporting officer, reporting that entry was gained by forced entry, which makes it a burglary. “A burglary investigation started as we started gathering more information on which carts. We also had a grand theft, with carts being stolen, or “joy riding,” would be a good way to put it,” explained Petersen.

Three carts had damage, with all being recovered and returned to their owners.

The suspects returned the next night, but they used a set of stolen keys to gain entry the second night, according to Petersen.

Five juveniles were involved, with all being placed under arrest. “The people were identified fairly quickly, that case is pretty much closed with the contact of all the juveniles. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty,” added Petersen.

Business owners and citizens are encouraged to use the technology available with security cameras.

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