Scuba-diving ball burglars busted

See all posts about dumb crooks and kooky crimesWhen darkness fell on the lush fairways and greens of Camden Braes golf course, near Kingston, Ontario, a pirate duo descended beneath the surface, in pursuit of sunken treasure. That’s when the cops arrived. Police officers caught two men, in scuba gear, plundering the water hazards of the course. They were snatching lost golf balls, reportedly a multimillion dollar a year business (an estimated 200 million lost balls in the U.S. each year). Read the full police news release, after the jump, detailing the early-morning probe that ended with two Quebec men facing theft charges for pilfering dimpled projectiles without permission of golf course owners (that’s the 6th hole at Camden Braes in the pic above).

Here’s the news release issued by Ontario Provincial Police just west of Kingston:

(LOYALIST, ON) – Two Men caught scuba diving for golf balls from a local Golf Club

OPP Loyalist Officers came across 2 Quebec men scuba diving in the water hazards located on Camden Braes Golf Course, collecting submerged golf balls on April 14, at 1:00 am. They were found to be in possession of over 5000 balls from various areas. It appeared the men may have had permission to retrieve some golf balls from a list of Golf Courses in other areas, however, Camden Braes Golf Course Owner confirmed with police that the men did not have permission to collect any golf balls from his business. Police arrested and charged the two with theft under $5,000.

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