Valley Springs — Three teenage boys recently broke into a Valley Springs golf course for some thieving, vandalizing and, potentially, drinking, authorities said.
According to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to the La Contenta Golf Course on Highway 26 in Valley Springs on Aug. 24 for a report of vandalism and theft.
During their investigation, deputies learned that a beverage golf cart outfitted with coolers containing alcohol, sports drinks, water and snacks had been stolen from the club's storage shed.
Deputies also found that a truck left in the parking lot overnight had been put into neutral and allowed to roll into an electrical control box. The golf clubhouse walls had been vandalized with spray paint.
At 10 a.m. that day, deputies found the golf cart parked at Highway 26 and Milton Road. Investigators identified three likely suspects, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old from Burson, Jenny Lind and Railroad Flat.
Their names were not released because they are juveniles.
Investigators allege that on the night before, the three walked over to the golf course from the Shell gas station after attending a party, vandalized the property and stole the golf cart.
The cart was totaled an estimated loss of $15,300. The loss of the items stolen from the beverage cart's coolers was estimated at $400 to $500. The damage to the control box was estimated at $5,800, and it cost roughly $200 to remove the paint from the walls.
According to deputies, the three suspects had different versions of what happened that night, each blaming the others.
The juveniles face felony and misdemeanor charges that include burglary, vandalism, tampering with a vehicle, grand theft, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.