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Yorba Linda golf course vandalized; 16 teens held

November 24, 2006|Mai Tran | Times Staff Writer

Sixteen teenagers were arrested early Thursday, accused of burglarizing golf carts and vandalizing a Yorba Linda golf course, police said.

Five of them, ages 18 and 19, were being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail each. Eleven boys and girls, ranging from 12 to 17 years old, were taken to Juvenile Hall.

The teens, most from La Mirada, tripped an alarm at the Black Gold Golf Club in the 17600 block of Lakeview Avenue about 3:20 a.m., said Sgt. Darrin Devereux, of the Brea Police Department, which patrols Yorba Linda.

By the time police arrived, the teens had cut off a lock to the entrance gate and used a car to ram into a roll-up garage door that housed golf carts, police said. They took 30 golf carts and drove around the course, damaging the greens, spray-painting the property and overturning the carts, Devereux said. One cart was submerged in a lake. Damage was estimated at $250,000.

All of the teens were charged with burglary and vandalism. An investigation is continuing to determine whether the teens are linked to similar incidents at golf courses in Huntington Beach and Fullerton this month, authorities said.

mai.tran@latimes.com

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