A Florida man and his overweight accomplice have been arrested for burglary after security cameras spotted the two cleaning out cash and credit cards from a number of tony country clubs in New Jersey.
Dressed in polo shirts, slacks, spiked shoes and a golf glove, Oscar Cabrera entered the clubhouses of a number of private golf clubs in the Garden State – including Baltusrol Golf Club, which has hosted seven U.S. Opens – and made off with thousands in lifted loot. His accomplice, Luis Paz, waited in parking lots in a Nissan SUV, as he would “stand out at a country club like a beach ball on a putting green” with his 450-pound frame, the New York Post reported.
Cabrera “looked like a golfer so no one stopped him,” Detective James Mirabile of the Springfield Police Department in New Jersey told the Post. “Obviously Paz could not fit in as a golfer because of his weight.
While the two fairway felons have been linked to only four country club robberies in New Jersey, they are suspects in crimes from Connecticut to Florida.
At the Baltusrol robbery, the duo purportedly snagged a number of credit cards and then racked up $8,000 worth of charges on gift cards at a local Target store before being flagged for suspicious behavior. The two quickly fled the store, but police were able to match surveillance tape from the store with that from the country club.
“It was obvious to my detectives that these suspects may have committed additional crimes at other golf courses,” Springfield Police Chief John Cook told the Springfield Patch website.
The pair’s stealing spree finally came to end last month, when staffers at the Canoe Brook Country Club – armed with images of the Cabrera and Paz – chased down the two before they were caught by police near the course.
While gentleman’s rules tend to apply in the swanky clubs, some golfers admitted that it would be very easy to make off like a bandit if so inclined.
“It’s just assumed that no one really looks through them, so I just go into my dad’s without a problem,” golfer Collin Brunnock told CBS News about his country club locker. “I don’t even know where the key is.”