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Vandals joy ride stolen golf carts through Wesley Chapel golf course causing $50K in damage

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jun 14, 2019

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Two months before Lexington Oaks Golf Club in Wesley Chapel is set to reopen after significant renovations, vandals stole golf carts and went on a joy ride.

Around 1:30 a.m., the new owners of Lexington Oaks Golf Club said security cameras captured video of at least five people taking the carts out. The hoodlums drove the carts onto the greens of the front nine holes, did donuts, and drove through sand traps.

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“To see things like this happen, [it's] really disheartening," Bonnie Dickason said. "Epecially for folks that are putting their heart and soul into upgrading this community."

Dickason saw pictures of the damage on social media and came to eat at the restaurant, Omari’s, to support the owners.

“They are working so hard they are investing a lot into this community,” Dickason said.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office collected evidence and dusted the stolen carts for fingerprints.

The owners said after the joy ride, the vandals hung out in the cart barn and tried washing away any evidence.

The course has been under a complete remodel for the past eight months. But, despite the recent damage, the owners still expect to reopen in mid-August.

“It’s disappointing,” Carol Hall said. “We want to see the new owners succeed we love our community we don’t normally have the image like this, so it’s upsetting.”

People who live in the area are asked to check their home surveillance cameras for any suspicious activity on June 14 between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.