PD: QuikTrip cup links juvenile to north Phoenix golf cart thefts

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 14:58:38-04

Police used surveillance video of a teenager holding a QuikTrip cup to link him to a theft in north Phoenix.

Phoenix police report that on August 15, they arrested a 16-year-old boy for his involvement in the theft of several golf carts from the Lifestream Adult Community, near Beardsley and Cave Creek roads. 

Police say that in the early morning of July 18 three suspects, covered their faces and entered an area where the golf carts charge their batteries overnight.

One suspect was seen in surveillance video carrying tools. Police say the suspects removed the windshield and roofs from the carts to free them from the cables holding them together.

The video reportedly shows the suspects leaving in the carts. Police say, later that morning, they found one cart in the middle of the road with a broken axle. 

About 90 minutes later, two suspects returned to the area to steal the battery charger they left behind. In the video, police say, one suspect was carrying a white cup and the other, a QuikTrip cup and a bag of chips. 

Detectives went to the nearest QuikTrip and reviewed their surveillance video which shows two suspects in the store getting a white water cup and purchasing chips and a drink. Police were able to get facial shots of the suspects. 

Other officers recognized one of the suspects as a 16-year-old who is on probation for burglary and trespassing. 

He was located and arrested on August 15 in Phoenix.

The other suspects and one golf cart are still outstanding.