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Charges: Hudson man 'couldn't resist' stealing golf equipment from Woodbury store

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Charges: Hudson man 'couldn't resist' stealing golf equipment from Woodbury store
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Washington County prosecutors allege a Hudson man helped himself to more than $1,000 worth of golf equipment at a Woodbury store.

The suspect, 66-year-old Donald Voorhees, "stated that security at Golf Galaxy was pretty lax and that he could not resist the opportunity," according to a criminal complaint filed earlier this year.

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Voorhees was charged March 19 with one count of felony theft.

According to the complaint, a Golf Galaxy manager reported in February that three boxes of Titleist Pro-V1 golf balls were missing. The manager reviewed surveillance video, which depicted a frequent customer -- later identified as Voorhees -- stealing the golf balls.

Voorhees was enrolled in the store's discount club, according to the complaint.

Additional video surveillance showed Voorhees stealing the same brand of balls a day later.

An officer met with Voorhees at the Woodbury Police Department, where he admitted to stealing "numerous items" from Golf Galaxy, the complaint states. Voorhees went out to his car and produced a box full of new and unopened merchandise, including four boxes of golf balls, three hats, a pair of golf shoes and three new golf clubs, according to the complaint.

"This is probably more than you thought, isn't it," Voorhees allegedly told police.

The complaint states Voorhees admitted stealing the merchandise by tucking it in his jacket during numerous trips to the store, suspecting it had a combined value of $1,000 "if not more." He was right -- police estimated the value of the merchandise at $1,468.

Voorhees said he had stolen three other golf clubs that he had given to a friend as a gift. He agreed to retrieve those clubs and turn them over to police, the complaint states.

Voorhees made his first court appearance on May 30; he is scheduled for an Aug. 2 plea hearing.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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