Golf Carts as Getaway Vehicles?
By mustang6560 on 3/25/11
Thieves are a creative people.
California ATM thieves are using stolen golf carts to make their getaways.

Fresno County sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice says the heists appear the work of the same crooks.

The Fig Garden Golf Club was their latest target. On Monday, an employee heard an alarm and spotted the crooks fleeing down a fairway in a golf cart.
I hate it when I read about crimes happening on a golf course. Is there no place sacred anymore? Plus, ALL courses should accept plastic, therefore, you eliminate the need to carry cash and have an ATM on the premise. Boom, problem solved.

What I don't understand is how thieves could think a golf cart is a good getaway vehicle. All the golf carts I've driven have included a governor to limit the maximum speed obtainable. How have these criminals not been caught yet?

Also, I'm not sure robbing ATMs is the best strategy for a few reasons: A) they are usually secured in the ground, which makes them hard to remove B) you don't know how much money is inside and C) they aren't easy to get open. Unless you are able to successfully remove the ATM and get it to a secure location, stealing one just doesn't seem like the best idea to me. But, I'm not a thief, so what would I know?

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Banker85 says:
its all the card info they are getting that can be usefull... maybe ...
mustang6560 says:
what card info is stored?
birdieXris says:
You forgot about the camera that most of them have too.
mjaber says:
They shouldn't be too hard to catch. They're probably stuck behind a 4some of 20+ handicappers on the 1st green playing Flogton.
mustang6560 says:
@mjaber- nice one!
rmumph1 says:
So they are stealing the whole ATM Machine? I don't believe that would fit on a golf cart. Too heavy, would slow it down to much. The safe below the monitor usually has 6 trays that hold the money. All 20's at most ATM's. Each try could hold approx $50,000. If they stole the Machine the could have between $100,000 -$300,000 in it. Depends on how often it is maintained.

The info Banker referred to is the card swiping machines crooks use. It goes over the card slider of the normal ATM and copies the card info to be used for counterfeit cards.

Use to work at a Bank and maintain the ATM machines.
Kurt the Knife says:
Looks like Tiger's finding new ways to finance his divorce.
Bryan K says:
Don't modern day ATM's have GPS devices? I mean, if I had a device with $100,000 to $300,000 in it, I think I'd splurge an extra $100 to get a GPS chip installed.

Oh...and a bugaboo of's not an automatic teller machine machine. It's just an ATM.
rmumph1 says:
Bryan-you would think they would but I don't ever remember them mentioning to me that it had GPS installed. This was 6 yrs ago and for a very large bank.
TeT says:
If those kids had been introduced to golf early on, never would have happened...
cjgiant says:
No idea on the weight, but a lot of bars (and golf courses I guess) have what appear to be at least "more" portable ATMs. They doubtlessly carry less money than your average bank's.

Also, don't you need cash for the cart girl? Wouldn't that be a reason for a course to have one.
bkuehn1952 says:
If you have lost both ends of a Nassau to a 78 year old "24" handicapper, then you know crime is rampant on the golf course!
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