Burglars hit golf course

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Investigators have no suspects in a burglary at Yampa Valley Golf Course that netted roughly $5,000 in golf merchandise.

Local law enforcement also suggests the case might be related to a string of similar incidents at regional golf courses.

"There's reason to believe people are traveling around doing this," said Rick Holford, patrol sergeant with the Moffat County Sheriff's Department.

"(The perpetrator(s) were after specific things."

The burglary is believed to have occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Holford said a barstool from a deck attached to the clubhouse likely was used to break a window on the building's northeast corner, where access was gained to the pro shop.

Tom Dockstader, head golf pro at Yampa Valley, said golf bags, clubs, balls and other "premium" items totaling about $5,000 were stolen from the shop, while a golf cart was apparently used to move the gear from the shop to a vehicle in the course's parking lot.

The cart was found abandoned Tuesday morning partially hidden among weeds, Holford said. The cart's key had been removed.

Money wasn't taken, while the thief or thieves ignored clubs inside the shop that were waiting for a re-grip, Holford said.

"The restaurant wasn't touched," he said. "These were things really easy to sell if you wanted to get on the Internet."

The local course was hit one day after a burglary at Carbondale's River Valley Ranch golf course.

Merchandise and money were stolen from the course's pro shop sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday, according to Daryl Dinkel, interim manager at River Valley Ranch.

Dinkel wouldn't specify what was stolen, or how the building was entered.

"All of it was new equipment," Dinkel said.

Meanwhile, an internal motion alarm was triggered at roughly 2 a.m. May 15 at Rangely's Cedar Ridges Golf Course. But Head Golf Pro Bill Ellison said no signs of forced entry were found.

"Whatever it was, nobody went inside the building and nothing was missing," Ellison said.

The Yampa Valley burglary comes nearly a year after a safe was stolen from the former Eagle Watch Inn restaurant. The12-by-15-inch safe held nearly $2,000, while Holford said the late-July incident remains unsolved.

No link is suspected to this week's burglary, he said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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