Buggies go in joy rides
By FRAZER PEARCE
RECKLESS golf buggy bandits struck again in Rockhampton last night with four motorised carts stolen from the city golf club.
The incident followed the theft of a buggy there on Sunday afternoon and three more late on Sunday night.
Rockhampton Golf Club bar manager Summer Tummon last night said several of the vehicles were damaged after being crashed into rocks and fences.
She said one of the carts stolen on Sunday night had almost collided with a car in a late-night ride of some kilometres into the city.
Last night witnesses reported eight juveniles breaking into the club's machinery shed and making off across the course with four buggies. Ms Tummon said the thieves crashed two carts into a fence at Eton Street on the edge of the course.
Rockhampton police Sergeant Jock Beale said the other two carts were recovered a short distance away in Denham Street Extended.
Witnesses saw three juveniles fleeing the scene.
Sergeant Beale took a dim view of the series of incidents, saying they were not regarded as pranks.
"These are serious criminal offences,'' he said.
"It's unlawful use of a motor vehicle and the maximum penalty is jail.''
Ms Tummon said the club did not own all the carts and some of those damaged belonged to individual members.
"It is very disappointing,'' she said.