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Corps of Engineers seeks golf cart thieves

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the public’s help in hopes of retrieving a golf cart taken from Cottage Grove Lake in June and capturing those responsible for its theft.

Park Ranger Mark Chappelle said the electric golf cart, which is metallic blue with a white top and Corps of Engineers emblems on each side, was chained to the entrance booth at the Lake on the evening of June 18. The cart, valued at $1200 in a report filed by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, is frequently used by the camp hosts and volunteers that maintain the Lake’s campgrounds.

Chappelle said thieves ripped off the back of the porch the cart was chained to and took off with the cart, in the process causing significant damage to the porch. He theorized that the cable that had attached the cart to the porch might make a handy way to drag the cart from the scene.

Chappelle said that on the evening of June 18 at about 11 p.m., a group of campers emerged from their trailer to ask a group of youths walking through the campground if they were okay after what sounded like a fight in progress. The kids approached from Shortridge Road, the campers said, and didn’t appear to be drinking alcohol.

Campers said the youths wandered through the campground, adding that one camper heard the name “Caleb” uttered. Chappelle said there were no teenagers camping at the Lake that night, which led him and others to believe they may have had something to do with the incident, though no information regarding any possible suspects appears on the Sheriff’s Office report.

The Corps of Engineers operates a Corps Watch program that may offer a $1000 reward for information on the golf cart theft if a suspect or suspects is prosecuted. Corps Watch can be reached at 1-866-413-7970, and callers can remain anonymous.

For the complete article see the 07-17-2013 issue.

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