Golf carts worth thousands stolen from the city of Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – In the city of Omaha, eight golf carts valued at more than $ 50,000 have been stolen from two public golf courses in the past few weeks, reflecting a nationwide trend.

Four golf carts were stolen from Elmwood Park Golf Course on March 14, the Omaha World-Herald reported on Friday. Another four were stolen from Knolls Golf Course further west on April 22nd.

City golf manager Bob Baber said the carts were parked outside and tied with security cables when they were stolen in the middle of the night. The cars are valued at approximately $ 6,300 each.

Bader said the city is adding security measures and trying to increase the size of the storage sheds so that all golf carts can be locked inside at night.

Caleb Amundson, founding partner of Golf Cart Resource in Scottsdale, Ariz., Said his company estimates 25,000 golf carts are stolen in the United States each year. Thieves can earn anywhere from $ 3,000 to $ 6,000 from stolen carts in neighboring states.

“It’s a pretty easy way to make a profit,” said Amundson. “You change the condition of the golf carts, make some changes to the wheels, body, or seat, and you can sell a custom golf cart.”

Golf cart theft is so widespread that Golf Cart Resource launched an online stolen cart registry, StolenCarts.com, six months ago.

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