Thieves Steal Fla. Sheriff's Golf Cart, But GPS Leads Deputies to Them

Dec. 1, 2023
When three men allegedly stole an unattended Lee County Sheriff's Office golf cart, the vehicle's GPS sent a signal to deputies, giving regular updates as it moved.

Three men are accused of stealing a golf cart from a Florida road, likely without realizing it belonged to the local sheriff’s office, deputies said.

A Lee County Sheriff’s Office golf cart was “deployed” on a road when it was left unattended, according to a Nov. 29 news release.

Deputies, who can see the location of the golf cart with regular GPS updates, saw the cart start to move on its own, according to the release.

The GPS from the golf cart started to send a signal back to the deputies as it moved, WBBH reported, and they tracked the cart to neighboring Hendry County.

There, deputies from both counties surrounded a covered trailer driven by three men and served a warrant to take a look inside, deputies said.

Inside was the golf cart, as well as a boat motor and two GPS units that were previously reported missing in Charlotte County, according to the sheriff’s office.

The three men in the vehicle, ages 33, 38 and 43, were taken into custody and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle for the stolen golf cart, as well as other theft charges for the other items, the sheriff’s office said.

Lee County is about 130 miles south of Tampa.

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