The Yazoo Country Club was hit again this week, but this time it went beyond vandalism and mischief. The culprits have now resorted to burglary and theft.
Capt. William Nevels, with the Yazoo City Police Department, said the investigation continues with his team believing the suspects are juveniles.
“These suspects have moved onto bolder actions,” Nevels said. “It’s beyond destroying golf carts and rutting up the golf greens. They have now resorted to breaking and entering inside the clubhouse, stealing multiple items.”
Club personnel reported another incident Thursday morning, five days after the first incident occurred.
Nevels said the suspects gained entry onto the club property by ramming a golf cart through a portion of the wooden fence that surrounds the property.
A side door was kicked in, and several bottles of liquor, about $50 worth of candy and a handful of Yazoo Country Club hats were reported stolen. After destroying a lock to the dining and bar area, the suspects then stole about 15 cases of beer.
A golf cart was also driven into a ditch, where the suspects left a mountain of beer cans.
The country club was also struck by the culprits during the early morning hours last Saturday, which resulted in many golf carts destroyed, with some left in ditches and one even submerged in the club’s pond.
In this week’s burglary, country club personnel also reported finding a golf cart key left in the clubhouse from the Clear Creek Golf Course in Bovina in Warren County, which was also hit by vandals this week.
And both the Yazoo and Bovina country clubs were struck much in the same manner. Investigators continue their work to see if the two incidents are connected and possibly involve the same suspects. In Bovina, the criminals destroyed or damaged six golf carts, driving three into one of the lakes on the property.