FARGO (KVRR) – In Georgia, a man was arrested in connection with the theft of “numerous” golf carts in several states, including Dakotas and Minnesota.
An FBI affidavit states that Nathan Rodney Nelson has been linked to 63 golf cart thefts in seven states since 2017. Nelson is charged with transporting stolen vehicles across state lines.
According to court documents, the investigation began two years ago when the Cass County Sheriff’s Office asked the FBI for assistance in investigating a series of thefts of at least 70 golf carts from golf courses in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Investigators found that the golf carts were typically stolen from golf courses in the Midwest at night and in pairs. The stolen carts were driven from clubhouses to an adjacent location where an escape vehicle was waiting. Some of the carts were stolen from the Maple River Golf Course in Mapleton and All Season Motorsports in West Fargo, where a member of staff noticed that a golf cart brought for service had two different serial numbers.
The FBI claims it has combed thefts from golf courses in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. The value of the stolen golf carts exceeds $ 283,000.
Investigators also say Nelson rented self-storage units under the pseudonym “Mason Weber” in several states, “presumably to store the stolen golf carts.” Nelson has addresses in Mankato and Apollo Beach, Florida.
Nelson was arrested on June 11 in Seminole County Georgia. The FBI says he was caught attempting to steal golf carts from a local dealer, carrying preprinted serial number tags and tools.