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Benjamin Hogge (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Benjamin Hogge (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 30-year-old man faces up to 20 years in prison for breaking into a golf course and stealing golf cart batteries in James City County with another man.

Benjamin Paul Hogge accepted a plea agreement Monday that called for the prosecution to drop eight felony charges in exchange for a conviction on a felony grand larceny charge.

Hogge and Adam Lawrence Alspaugh — who received the same plea agreement as Hogge — were convicted of the thefts that occurred Nov. 4 in the Colonial Golf Course in Lanexa.

The golf course has been closed for several years, but James City County Police Chief Brad Rinehimer, who started maintaining the course after its closure, began noticing  copper pipes from the buildings and golf cart batteries were missing, so he set up surveillance cameras in August.

The cameras captured the men trespassing on the golf course in November. On Nov. 4, police found golf cart batteries had been sold to the James City County Recycling, where they saw a white Jeep Cherokee that matched the car seen on the golf course.

Police located the owner of the Jeep using the license plate and found it belonged to the sister of Hogge’s girlfriend, who told officers Hogge frequently used the car while she and her sister were at work, and added Hogge and Alspaugh often spent time together while she was at work.

Alspaugh will be sentenced at 9 a.m. July 8, and Hogge will be sentenced at 1 p.m. Aug. 5.

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