Thieves steal from cars during memorial golf outing

EDINBURGH – As golfers were raising funds for substance abuse services at a golf tournament, thieves were breaking into their vehicles in the parking lot.

Windows on eight vehicles parked outside the Timbergate Golf Course, 151 St. Andrews Ave., Edinburgh, were discovered smashed at about noon Friday, according to Edinburgh Police Chief David Mann.

The thieves took two laptop computers, a purse, a billfold, and a briefcase while the golfers at a luncheon during the Jeremy Witkemper Memorial Golf Outing, Mann said.

The golf outing is sponsored by the Jeremy Witkemper Memorial Foundation, which raises money to help individuals obtain alcohol addiction treatment and provides educational information to youth about making safer choices about alcohol.

Most “smash and grab” vehicle break-ins are committed by drug users who sell stolen items to obtain narcotics, said Mann, a former Bartholomew County sheriff.

Although there are no descriptions of the individuals, investigators are looking for a extended-length sport utility vehicle Mann described as a silver Chevrolet Suburban that was seen leaving the area, Mann said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.