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OFFBEAT: Teen Charged In Florida Course Vandalism

Police made an arrest after a vandal inflicted $20,000 worth of damage to a Florida golf course. (Photo: Scripps Media)

A teenager was arrested in the wee hours of Sunday morning and charged with criminal mischief after allegedly driving his car onto a Florida golf course, an ABC-TV affiliate in Tampa reported.

Deputies told WFTS-TV that Luca Canalungo, 18, caused at least $20,000 worth of damage to East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar by doing doughnuts on the seventh and eighth greens of the course, which is in a gated community. The club is located just to the north of Tampa Bay, in an area heavily populated with golf courses. It is just minutes from Innisbrook Resort, where the PGA Tour will gather next week for the Valspar Championship.

“Give him a rake and a shovel when it’s really hot and let him work for months to see what it takes to keep a course nice,” John Reinitz, a course neighbor, told the TV station.

The club’s general manager, Kyle Mooney, told residents in a letter that a plan would be implemented to address repairs, the report said.

The alleged perpetrator was apparently not hard to find. After doing the damage, his vehicle got stuck in the mud, prompting him to leave it behind, investigators told the TV station.

Canalungo was granted a $2,000 bond and released from jail, the report said.

The use of a car in this case of course vandalism is a departure from other recent instances in which all-terrain vehicles were used to cause damage.

VIDEO: Report from WFTS Tampa Bay


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