Thieves steal golf clubs instead of computers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thousands of dollars worth of goods have been stolen from an Albuquerque warehouse, but it’s what was left behind that’s surprising.
In this case the were computers, high priced electronics and lots of other valuables in plain sight, but instead of going for those items, the bad guys grabbed golf clubs.
“We came in Tuesday morning and everything had been moved around,” explained Miles Vedder, Co-Owner of the targeted business Surplus Solutions .
The company is a non-profit liquidation store and stock high-priced items.
“They went through 150 boxes, and went through them rather meticulously,” said Vedder. “They were actually very clean about the whole thing.”
He says the crooks bypassed expensive electronics and went straight for the boxes containing individually wrapped brand name golf clubs. the Taylor made, Titleist and Nike wedges, woods, irons plus putters were all stored in their original packaging. the thieves took the time to unwrap all 150 clubs and leave the boxes behind.
Vedder says the merchandise is worth more than $25,000, but loss isn’t about the money. the business takes products from businesses that are going under, sells them and splits the profits.
“It puts a big damper in our bottom line because we’re consistently selling these products, and they were on consignment from somebody who put their trust in us.” Although Vedder said it’s strange the thieves would take golf clubs when there was more valuable loot in plain sight, he admits that might end up working in his favor.
“If we find some brand new Taylor Mades for sale on CraigsList it’s definitely going to be easier to identify than a new computer,” he commented.
Investigators told Vedder that golf clubs are a hot items for thieves this time of year because it’s Spring and golfers are gearing up to hit the links.
The crooks also made off with three high-definition security cameras, but detectives were able to catch a few images of the crooks before the cameras were turned off.
Surplus Solutions is offering a hefty cash reward for any tips leading to an arrest. call (505) 980-2496 to help.