This is quite possibly the worst stolen golf club story ever. Pilfered golf club stories are an unfortunate part of our sport. Bags are brazenly taken from golf carts, in front of pro shops or even from car trunks. It sucks. And one can only imagine the counterfeit claims to insurance companies when some oaf wants new sticks without paying for them.
Then, there’s this truly perplexing scenario where you know where the pilfered sticks are but authorities can’t do a damn thing about it.
Golfwrx.com Ben Albertstadt reports on possibly the most frustrating golf thievery ever.
Mr. Owen’s bag, with its thousands of dollars of equipment and his cell phone, was lifted December 15th from Howick Golf Course at Musick Point, New Zealand.
“They took everything, all my clubs, my bag, trundle, golf balls and my mobile phone which was tucked away inside the bag,” he told the paper.
However, as this is the 21st century, Owen was able to track his phone (which was in his golf bag) to a nearby residential address on Pigeon Mountain Road.
Presumably overjoyed, he called the police to report the theft and the location of his stolen property. One can only imagine his despair when he was told the authorities would be unable to lawfully search the premises and thus could not recover his clubs.
After reporting the incident, Owen was surprised to learn that police were not able to search the premises for the goods.
A police spokesperson explained.
“While we understand people may think police can use the tracking system people use on their phones and then send a patrol car to retrieve the property, under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, police officers do not have the authority to enter a premise based off a locater app on a missing phone. If police resources are available and the technology can pin-point a specific address such as a household, Police are able to knock on the door and make enquiries, but not enter.”
Obviously, Owen isn’t a fan of the law, and he thinks it puts victims in a bad position. He’s right: Knowing the authorities can’t do anything, but knowing where your stolen phone, etc, is, do you risk your life taking the law into your own hands?
What to do without committing a crime yourself?