Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Man Gets Five Years for Theft of Golf Cart Batteries

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

A 30-year-old man will spend less than two weeks in prison for breaking into a golf course and stealing golf cart batteries.

Benjamin Paul Hogge was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of supervised probation Wednesday for his role in the November 2014 thefts at the Colonial Golf Course in Lanexa.

All but 10 days of the prison sentence was suspended.

Hogge was also ordered to pay $200 in restitution for the crime.

Hogge and 27-year-old Adam Alspaugh were caught on camera in November trespassing on the golf course, which had been closed for several years.

Maintenance crews had earlier noticed copper pipes from course buildings and golf cart batteries were missing, leading to the installation of security cameras.

Later that month, police discovered several of the batteries had been sold to James City County Recycling. Police linked a white Jeep Cherokee seen at the recycling center to Hogge and Alspaugh, who were charged with counts of grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell, obtaining money by false pretenses and breaking and entering.

Hogge had accepted a plea agreement in June that called for the state to drop eight felony charges in exchange for a conviction on one felony grand larceny charge. Alspaugh accepted a similar deal in May.

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