Two Urbana men were arrested Wednesday morning in connection with break-ins at golf courses in Logan County and investigators believe they’re also part of a rash of thefts from courses in Clark and Champaign counties.
Skyler Reisinger and Joshua Blakely, both 18, were booked into the Logan County Jail on breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools charges.
Champaign County Sheriff’s Detective Carl Loney said investigators believe the suspects have broken into several golf courses and ranges throughout the three counties multiple times over the past couple of weeks.
No charges have been filed in Champaign County yet, but Loney said they’re looking at breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence charges.
“We realized there was a team working the area,” he said. “We had an opportunity to interview them and secured statements. We are in the processes of filing charges.”
The courses reported missing golf bags, clubs, balls, clothing and other golfing items, he said.
“All the accessories you would use on the range,” Loney said. “We have recovered a considerable amount of property. We are in the processes of securing it and putting it in inventory.”
Also stolen was a rifle that belonged to the golf course. Loney said law enforcement was able to recover it.
In Clark County, Locust Hills, Reid Park and Rocky Lake golf courses were burglarized, he said. The Urbana Country Club and the Lakeland Golf Club were targets in Champaign County, according to police reports.
Logan County Sheriff Andrew Smith said two courses in his county were burglarized twice over the past couple of days. He said an alert deputy saw a vehicle near Liberty Hills Golf Course and pulled it over.
“The deputy saw the vehicle in the vicinity of the golf course, made contact with the men and questioned them,” Smith said.
Smith said the deputy arrested Reisinger and Blakely and allegedly found several stolen items after searching their vehicle.
Reisinger and Blakely are due in Logan County court at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.