Bayview Links joy
riders wreck about
20 golf carts

Kaneohe police said up to five suspects may have been involved in a golf cart demolition derby at Bayview Golf Links over the weekend.

Police said that between late Saturday night and 5 a.m. Sunday, intruders took about 20 golf carts from a fenced area by cutting the lock at the gate.

It appeared that suspects rammed the carts into one another and left the damaged vehicles scattered across the course, police said. They did not have an estimate of the damage done to the carts or the golf course. Golf course officials could not be reached for comment.

Police are also investigating whether the incident is related to another break-in vandalism case at Castle High School, near the golf course on Kaneohe Bay Drive.

School officials said someone stole a golf cart that was used by school security personnel and drove it down the street to Bayview, where it was found Sunday morning.

"It wasn't too badly damaged, and we were able to drive it back to campus," said Castle Principal Meredith Maeda. "The golf course is right around the corner."

Maeda said there was a function on school grounds between 8 and 9 p.m. on Saturday and that the security cart was probably stolen after that. Besides the stolen cart, vandals also cut the locks off of about 50 or more school lockers, then scattered the contents inside and damaged a water fountain pipe.

"Students have been coming into the office and reclaiming their things," said Maeda. "We've had this happen before but not to this extent.

"I don't know whether they (suspects) were students or not ... but I just can't see this kind of joy riding done by adults."

Police said there was no security at Bayview at the time of the break-in.


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