By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
When the grounds crew arrived at the Kimball Golf Club early Sunday morning they found substantial damage to the course and property. Four of their new golf carts were destroyed, and two others damaged, when four young men went on a destruction spree on the course overnight.
Best estimates are that the incident happened at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, June 7. Surveillance video shows four carts being driven off, and clearly shows at least one individual in a gray hooded sweatshirt. That video has been turned over to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
Besides the golf carts, fence line was damaged. Club manager Sara Stelton believes the preliminary estimate of total damages may exceed $35,000 which makes this a felony case of property damage, punishable by up to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000 (in addition to paying damages to the golf club).
Stelton also believes the behavior of the four vandals indicates that they have been at the club before, that they knew where they were going and what they were doing. Footprints were found encircling the club house.
A screwdriver was used to attempt to start at least one of the golf carts. She believes it should be easy to figure out who they are.
Similar damage was caused on the course Sept. 15, 2016, after which surveillance video was installed. A year earlier, vandals had hit the course as well. Some believe those two cases were related, based on timing and methods. Both of those cases are still unsolved.
If anyone has any information about any of these cases of vandalism, please call Sara at the club (320) 398-2285 or the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 259-3700. The golf club board will meet soon to consider a possible reward.