At the beginning of October, a golf cart was stolen from the university’s Systems Management and Production Center parking lot, and has been missing since. The cart in question is particularly unique, as it had a solar panel attached to the roof. The complainant reported it stolen from SMAP’s parking lot on Oct. 2nd. Police found signs of tampering on a second cart, leading investigators to believe the stolen cart, which did not have a unique key, was hotwired. The crime is listed in the UAH police department’s crime log as a motor vehicle theft. Officials believe the theft took place between 7 p.m. on Oct. 1st and 7 a.m. on Oct. 2nd, the day the crime was reported.
Following the crime’s report, an officer checked other locations on campus where golf carts are normally parked, in order to rule out the possibility that it had been misplaced. “They didn’t see it anywhere, and then on Thursday, the third, our investigator checked all the cameras that we have in the area,” Captain Dianna Marshall of the UAH Police Department said in an interview. While the area is monitored, cameras at SMAP did not catch anyone in the act, and cameras across the street at Tech Hall were obscured by leaves.
At the time of this writing, the police do not have any suspects, and the case has been marked inactive. This does not mean the case is closed or that the police have stopped looking; just that they currently have no new leads.
Fortunately, the cart is serialized, meaning it has a serial number. As Marshall explains, “It gets entered into a national computer database, and if the golf cart were to be recovered somewhere else, they check the serial number, it comes back stolen out of here, there’s that possibility that it might be recovered. So keep on looking for it.”