Anger as mindless vandals steal gun and chain saw from Okehampton Golf Club

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A pair of buggies, a chain saw and an air rifle were among the items stolen by ‘mindless vandals’ who broke into a Devon golf club.

Criminals smashed their way into the greenkeepers’ shed at Okehampton Golf Club sometime between Friday, January 29 and Monday, February 1.

They also took a drill, bags of green seed and other items, while extensive damage has also been caused the various bits of equipment inside the shed.

Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed that they are investigating and have launched an appeal for witnesses, while the club says it is also receiving CCTV footage.

“As if it isn’t hard enough for golf clubs at the moment, some mindless vandals have smashed their way into our green keepers shed and caused a large amount of damage to our equipment,” said a tweet from the club.

“They have also stolen the following items: 2 x golf buggies 2 x bags of green seed 1 x parkside chainsaw 1 x Dewalt drill. The following video shows some of the damage caused which is going to cost the club money and time to repair.

“If you are offered any of the above items, have seen people with blue dye on their hands / Clothes or may have seen anything at the club over the weekend, please let us know.

“The police are in attendance, the CCTV covering the club will be checked and you will be identified.”

Okehampton Golf Club has been running for more than 100 years.

The club’s website says they ‘are justly proud of our tradition for friendliness and welcome the opportunity to share our facilities with golfers from around the country’.

As well as witnesses, police are appealing for anyone who ‘thinks they come across any of the items stolen’ to contact them immediately.

“Police are investigating a report of burglary at Okehampton Golf Club sometime from Friday 29 January to Monday 1 February,” said a police spokesperson.

“A number of items including two petrol golf buggies, tools, an air rifle and fixtures were stolen.

“Anyone who has any information, including anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in the area in the days prior to the break-in, or anyone who thinks they come across any of the items stolen, is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/007983/21.”


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