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Battery chargers stolen from golf carts, leaving seniors stranded

January 20, 2012 |  7:44 am

Laguna Woods
Nearly two dozen seniors in Laguna Woods are without wheels after the battery chargers from the golf carts they use to get around town were stolen.

The 22 thefts occurred on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when many residents from the giant, gated senior community of Laguna Woods were out of town, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Each battery charger is valued from $300 to $700.

“We think they’re probably being stolen for the copper content,” Amormino said.

Officials believe the suspect or suspects live inside the complex because “it’s a secure, tightly controlled community” that can be tough to get into, Amormino said.

Many of the seniors who no longer qualify for a driver’s license rely on the golf carts to get to the doctor bank and post office.

“Whoever it is, we’ll make sure we apprehend him,” Amormino said. “And when we catch him or them, we’ll be sure to plaster their picture everywhere.”

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Photo: Sign for Laguna Woods. Credit: Don Tormey / For the Times.

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