HAYDEN, Idaho - Four North Idaho teenagers, three with extensive criminal histories, have been arrested and charged with grand theft for taking golf carts for a joy ride Monday night.
Around 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 10, a homeowner reported people yelling and driving golf carts erratically on Avondale Golf Course.
Kootenai county deputies found a 17-year-old boy on the golf course trying to run away. He was arrested for Grand Theft, but all of the other suspects got away.
A day later, deputies were given information that led them to a vehicle related to the case. They found 18-year-old Marcus A. Smith, from Hayden, inside. He was interviewed and arrested for Grand Theft.
Further investigation led deputies to 18-year-old Logan D. Hendren, of Dalton Gardens, and a 16-year-old boy from Hayden. They were interviewed and also arrested.
The sheriff's office says the boys will soon face additional charges because of the amount of damage that was done. Avondale General Manager Jason Jerman told KXLY4 there was about $1,500 in damage done to the course itself, and three damaged golf carts are being assessed. Jerman said one wouldn't run, and another was 'basically destroyed.'
Jerman said this isn't the first time vandals have hit the course. He's now receiving information about a similar incident that happened several weeks ago.
Luckily, Jerman said, security cameras caught the whole thing. The sheriff's office is now reviewing the video.
18-year-old Smith (pictured below) has been arrested 7 times in the past for drug, theft, and probation violations. He was on probation during the golf course incident.
18-year-old Hendren (pictured below) had also been arrested 7 previous times, for multiple theft charges and operating a vehicle without owner's consent.
The 16-year-old boy, who was not named, had been arrested 12 times for property crimes and probation violations. The 17-year-old boy, also unidentified, had no criminal history.
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