DEWEY, Ariz. -- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help as they investigate recent golf/maintenance cart thefts in and around the Prescott Country Club located off Highway 69 in Dewey.
Sheriff's office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said some of the thefts originated in the nearby Quailwood subdivision of Prescott Valley and the carts were dumped on PCC property. YCSO has been working with Prescott Valley police officers in an attempt to solve these crimes.
In one incident reported to the sheriff's office on Nov. 10, suspects cut away chain-link fencing surrounding the PCC golf course maintenance yard and stole an electric utility cart. The cart was found later some distance away on the golf course. As with most of the thefts, the incident likely occurred during the late night/early morning hours.
A week prior, a cart from the Quailwood Greens Golf Course was found behind a home in the PCC.
As recently as Nov. 21, YCSO and Prescott Valley police handled the theft and recovery of several carts in these communities.
D'Evelyn said carts have been found with structural damage from being ridden off-road and the greens themselves have been damaged from being driven on while frosted over.
Sheriff's deputies believe suspects are starting the carts with duplicate keys as owners have not been leaving keys in the ignition.
"Although these acts may appear to be innocent pranks, they actually constitute serious felony charges of theft of transportation, trespassing and criminal damage," D'Evelyn said in a news release.
Suspects also could lose driving privileges if convicted.
YCSO is seeking the public's help to report suspicious activity in these community areas and advise everyone to be especially alert outside normal daytime business hours. Generally, the golf/maintenance carts are not driven after hours and the activity appears more frequent over weekend nights and during school breaks.
Anyone with information to help identify the suspects in these incidents is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.