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A 27-year-old man faces up to 20 years in prison for stealing golf cart batteries from a defunct James City County golf course with another man.
Adam Lawrence Alspaugh pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny. Charges of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell, obtaining money by false pretenses and breaking and entering were dropped.
Alspaugh trespassed on the Colonial Golf Course in Lanexa Nov. 3 and 4 to steal golf cart batteries, authorities said.
Another man, 29-year-old Benjamin Hogge, has also been accused of participating in the theft.
Security cameras installed at the Lanexa site of the golf course captured a man driving a white Jeep Cherokee and entering the golf cart premises and standing near the golf cart garage around 11:30 a.m. Nov.4
After seeing someone approaching, the man got into the passenger seat of the car, and the driver left the area, driving through a wooded area and around a gate to get on the main road.
A maintenance worker later found three golf cart batteries with cut wires outside the garage.
About one hour later, Alspaugh sold 24 golf cart batteries resembling those used at Colonial Golf Course to James City County Recycling for $3,500.
Surveillance video from the previous day also showed Alspaugh and Hogge trespassing on the golf course around 11:30 a.m. That same day, Alspaugh sold 115 pounds of copper to James City County Recycling.
Maintenance workers at the golf course had previously reported thefts of copper pipes from the buildings on the course.
Alspaugh was in a white Jeep Cherokee belonging to the sister of Hogge’s girlfriend when he visited the recycling center Nov. 4.
Part of Alspaugh’s plea agreement with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office indicated those withdrawn charges would not be reinstated against him.
Alspaugh’s pre-sentencing report is due July 8.
Hogge’s trial is set for June 15.