Golf clubs stolen by clumsy thief returned to owner

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX -- The golf clubs at the center of a rather amusing robbery attempt have been returned to their rightful owner.

Phoenix police said Thursday that the clubs that were allegedly stolen by Andrew Hargenrader were returned to an unidentified residence on Wednesday evening.

Police would not say who lived at the home where the clubs were returned; stating only that the person called police when they saw the clubs and officers returned the clubs to their owner.

Hargenrader’s unsuccessful attempt to steal the clubs began on March 26 when he allegedly ran inside the garage of a home near 64th Avenue and Pyramid Peak Parkway.

The homeowner heard a noise in his garage, and when he went outside he saw someone jump into a car with his clubs and drive away.

Fortunately for the homeowner, a surveillance camera on his home captured Hargenrader as he ran off with the clubs.

The footage also captured the 35-year-old falling on his face as he approached his getaway vehicle.

Police said shortly after the media began airing the surveillance footage they were able to identify Hargenrader as the suspect in the case.

On April 22, police arrested Hargenrader at his place of employment in Peoria.

Police have also arrested Matt Tippett, 38, for allegedly serving as Hargenrader’s getaway driver.