Bremerton police say a man’s addiction to golf may have led him to break into a pro shop and cart off more than $9,300 worth of equipment, including up to 50 golf clubs.
“Burglaries are often the result of addictions — drugs, alcohol, or gambling,” said Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan. “I think this is the first one we have seen that looks like a golf addiction.”
The burglary was reported May 26 at the pro shop at Gold Mountain Golf Course after employees discovered someone had thrown a patio chair through a window sometime during the night, police said.
Detectives began searching online sites, including eBay and Craigslist, to determine whether the culprit was trying to sell the stolen merchandise, police said. Detectives found an eBay listing with 11 new golf clubs that matched some taken during the burglary, according to police.
This information, along with security camera footage, led police to a 26-year-old Kirkland man. Officers, armed with a warrant,. searched the man’s home last night and detectives seized 70 items, including some taken during the burglary, police said.
The man was arrested and booked into the Kitsap County Jail for investigation of felony trafficking in stolen property and felony burglary. Police say the man has no previous criminal record.
According to police, the man was apparently unemployed. His apartment was filled with golf paraphernalia and numerous photos showing him playing golf, police said. Records from Gold Mountain shows he has played the course eight times in the past year, police said.