Police: 'Golf addict' steals $9,200 worth of clubs, more

Police: 'Golf addict' steals $9,200 worth of clubs, more
A hat belonging to man arrested for allegedly stealing up to 50 golf clubs. Police are blaming "golf addiction." (Courtesy of Bremerton Police Department)

BREMERTON, Wash. -- The Bremerton Police Department is blaming "golf addiction" after a 26-year-old Kirkland man was arrested on suspicion of stealing up to 50 golf clubs and more from the Gold Mountain Golf Course last month.

According to police, the suspect threw a patio chair through the Pro Shop window sometime overnight between May 25 and May 26 and absconded with $9,200 worth of golf equipment, including dozens of clubs.

Detectives identified the suspect through a listing on eBay for some of the stolen clubs, as well as security camera footage and other information, and served a search warrant at his Kirkland apartment Wednesday.

In addition to some of the stolen equipment, the suspect's apartment included golf paraphernalia, photos of himself playing golf and a hat reading, "Born to Golf, Forced to Work," according to police. Detectives noted the suspect did not appear to be employed and had played at Gold Mountain at least eight times in the past year.

“Burglaries are often the result of addictions – drugs, alcohol or gambling,” Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan said in a press release. “I think this is the first one we have seen that looks like a golf addiction.”

The suspect was arrested and booked into Kitsap County Jail for investigation of trafficking in stolen property and burglary. He is being  held on $200,000 bail.

According to police, the suspect has no prior criminal record; so he's got that going for him, which is nice.