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Local golf course vandalized

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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

In the 27 years that Ron Rider has lived on and owned the Pine Shadows Golf Course, he said he hasn't seen vandalism as severe as he has seen in the past few months. 

"A few years ago, they broke in through the windows ... they harassed players from the road and they've been on the course on carts," Rider said.  

Lately, the disturbance has gotten monetarily more dangerous. 

"They damaged the shed, they damaged the carts ... they stole a very expensive set of clubs, they stole a bunch of fishing gear that belongs to one of our workers here," explained Rider.

In surveillance video from the course, you can see activity near where the carts are kept. 

"It destroys the carts' electrical parts and batteries and different things," Rider said. "They made their mark, but hopefully we'll catch them."

Rider attributes the changing surrounding community for the increase in number of violent actions.

"The neighborhood has changed," Rider said. "I've been here 27 years, we've seen the neighborhood change. We know there are a lot of great people around here but there's a certain element of people who don't supervise their kids and they don't know where they are late at night and they go around doing damage." 

The vandals have destroyed over a dozen of Rider's golf carts and damaged property along the course. Rider estimates the damage to be around $25,000. 

"When times are tough, that's a pretty big lick," Rider said. "When you have a large deductible on your insurance policies, that's a pretty big lick."

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is also investigating the vandalism. They ask anyone who has information about the culprits to contact local authorities or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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