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"Fore" Suspects Cited in Theft of Golf Carts from Interstate 5 south of Roseburg
05/05/2009
Sergeant Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3334

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Oregon State Police (OSP) cited four Douglas County-area men, including a father and his son, after they allegedly were involved in the theft of 3 golf carts temporarily left on the side of Interstate 5 following a Monday morning traffic crash. The investigation is continuing after troopers and detectives recovered the 3 golf carts each valued at $6,000 at three separate locations.
 
On May 4, 2009 at approximately 10:30 a.m. OSP troopers responded to a non-injury traffic crash southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 115 between Roseburg and Myrtle Creek. The crash involved a pickup towing a flatbed trailer loaded with golf carts that overturned damaging two of 3 "EZ Go" golf carts each valued at $6,000.
 
After OSP, ODOT and local fire personnel responded to the crash scene, OSP later cleared for another nearby reported crash. The pickup's operator reportedly left the 3 golf carts on the side of the freeway so he could return with another trailer to continue transporting them to the Myrtle Creek Golf Course.
 
At approximately 2:00 p.m. the golf course employee reported to OSP that upon his return to retrieve the three golf carts, each marked with "Myrtle Creek Golf Course", he discovered they were missing.
 
OSP troopers, Douglas County sheriff deputies and Myrtle Creek police responded to the area and noted the carts were driven through a right of way fence onto Roberts Mountain Road. While looking for the missing golf carts, officers spotted a suspicious red Ford pickup being driven on nearby Roberts Mountain Road with a large gray tarp shaped like one of the golf carts in the pickup's bed.
 
Officers stopped the red Ford pickup with two occupants identified as driver BURL RODNEY HAYES, age 61, and passenger CHARMIN STEVENS, age 39, both from Myrtle Creek. Discovered concealed under the tarp was one of the damaged golf carts.
 
Subsequent investigation during the afternoon led investigators to HAYES' residence in the 200 block of Adams Street in Myrtle Creek where a second damaged golf cart was recovered.
 
The third undamaged golf cart was found approximately 45 miles away in Glide at a residence on Highway 138 East Idleyld Park. Two residents identified as DAVID LEE DAVIS, age 51, and his son, RILEY LEE DAVIS, age 21, were allegedly involved in the theft of this golf cart.
 
The four suspects were each cited to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Theft in the First Degree.
 
The recovered golf carts were returned to a representative of Myrtle Creek Golf Course.