Suspects sought in golf ball theft |

Suspects sought in golf ball theft

The owners of the Quail Valley Golf Course got an unpleasant surprise Thursday morning.

As is often the case at driving ranges, the golf balls are left on the course overnight and are picked up in the morning.

But sometime during the night, someone came in and stole an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 golf balls off the range.

Owner Tom Conway and his wife, Vicki, came in at about 8:20 a.m. and discovered the loss

“They picked one side clean,” Vicki Conway said. “They did a really good job. I would hire them … It was amazing.”

Conway estimated the loss at about $800.

It’s unlikely the balls were stolen for resale, since they are used and marked, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said, adding he was concerned they would be used for acts of vandalism.

“The last time this happened, in about 2000, it happened to a lot of golf courses,” Vicki Conway said, adding the golf balls were used to throw at vehicles.

Anyone with information of the purloined golf balls was urged to call 265-7880.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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