A Loveland man has been reunited with his stolen golf clubs, thanks in part to a quick-thinking Deerfield Township store manager.
David Palmer feared he’d seen the last of his golf clubs when they were stolen from his car parked in his driveway in April.
He reported the crime to Loveland Police Officer Tony Pecord, who suggested he call Play it Again Sports in Deerfield Township and ask that they keep an eye out for someone attempting to sell the clubs.
Three hours later, police had the clubs — and the suspected thief — in hand.
Loveland Police Chief Tim Sabransky said Pecord received a call from the manager of the new and used sporting goods store reporting a call received from someone offering to sell a set of gold clubs that matched the description of the stolen set.
The unidentified manager believed the caller was en route to the store, Sabransky said.
Pecord contacted Warren County/Deerfield Township deputies who apprehended a man with the clubs at the store. The suspect told police he had found the clubs somewhere along Loveland-Madeira Road, said Sabransky.
When Pecord took the man into custody, the man tried to kick the window out of the police car, Sabransky said.
“The suspect’s vehicle was searched and there were several GPS units, a Sirius satellite radio unit and a banjo inside a black case,” Sabransky said. “The suspect admitted the banjo was stolen but he did not know from where.”
Loveland police charged Jacob Rutherford, 27, of Loveland, with receiving stolen property and took him to the Warren County Jail.
“Officer Pecord conducted a good investigation in cooperation with Play it Again Sports and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to recover the golf clubs, make an arrest and reunite the owner with his property,” Sabransky said.
Community Press reporter Jeanne Houck contributed