A $5,000 golf cart was destroyed sometime in the wee hours between Monday and Tuesday after being dumped into Boca Bayou by vandals who are also blamed for gouging four different Gasparilla Inn & Club Golf Course greens.
The event was the focal point of a rare day on Boca Grande where police say three criminal instances came under investigation.
Stephen Patterson, assistant superintendent for the Gasparilla Inn & Club Golf Course, told police several flags were damaged or missing, too. He estimated damage to the golf course at $500.
This golf cart was a total $5,000 loss after being launched into the Boca Bayou.
Police reports indicate the golf cart was stolen from Gasparilla Inn Adventures. Manager Briana Graziana told police the cart was last seen by her employees at 9 p.m. June 4 parked on property with the keys turned into the office.
The blue 2003 Club Car was fished from the bayou and returned to Gasparilla Inn Adventures where it was judged a total loss.
Police say there are no witnesses or suspects at this time.
While police were probing the golf cart theft, Kristi Dixon of Englewood Bank & Trust also called Tuesday to report a check for $2,299.14 had been fraudulently cashed at the Boca Grande branch.
Police say the check was written April 27 to Rosa Diaz from Linda K. Schulte. The check was fraudulent, police say, and the bank is now at a loss for the check amount, Dixon said.
Det. Kevin Watkins of the Economic Crimes Unit is working with Charlotte County in the ongoing investigation. The suspect in the utterance of a forged instrument and grand theft is described as a 5-foot-6 woman, 120 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.
Police say Mary Postel of Ravenel, S.C., called to claim a website had been created using $130 from her credit card without her permission or knowledge, in a reported also dated June 5.
A Boca Grande post office box, registered to a person police did not identify in the report, apparently was involved in the credit card fraud, which remains under investigation.
Postel said the card had never left her possession. All information regarding a possible suspect on the police report was blacked out. The website has been taken down.