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Gold Coast golf thief sends cash apology to the Helensvale Golf Pro Shop he robbed after backlash

Golf club thief mails shop $650 with an apology note after being caught on camera pilfering the expensive driver and publicly shamed

  • An elderly man apologises for stealing $650 driver from Gold Coast golf shop
  • The owner of Golf Pro Shop offered a $500 reward for information on the man
  • CCTV shows man waited for staff to become distracted before taking off 
  • Thief mailed $650 and an apology note to the store, but has not come forward 

An apologetic thief has posted cash to a golf store he shoplifted from earlier in the week after facing public backlash.

Helensvale Golf Pro shop owner Chris Lawton found cash in his letterbox along with an apology note for stealing a golf club carrying a $650 price tag.

Earlier in the week he released CCTV footage of the man picking up the club and offered a $500 reward for information to catch him.

The thief posted an apology note and $650 cash to the Helensvale Golf Pro shop on Wednesday

Mr Lawton told Nine News the man circled the store while holding a club as a prop until he came across the top-of-the range driver.

‘So he’s made his way down looking at all the different clubs we have until he’s seen the most expensive we have,’ he said. 

‘And he’s come back the second time to take it within 10 minutes.’  

The man then waited by the clubs until staff were distracted before taking off with the high-priced item.

Helensvale Golf Course also appealed for information on Facebook, posting grabs of the CCTV footage with the hope that members of the public could identify the man. 

The post received more than 100 comments and almost 300 shares from users berating the thief for his shameless act.

CCTV footage shows the unidentified man inspecting the price tags of golf clubs before taking off with the high-priced driver

CCTV footage shows the unidentified man inspecting the price tags of golf clubs before taking off with the high-priced driver

Having been publicly shamed and feeling the heat, the thief posted $650 cash to the shop, along with an apology note for stealing the driver.

‘IOU golf shop $650 for gold club,’ the messily-scrawled note read. 

The identity of the thief is still not known with the Helensvale Golf Course renewing its call for information on its Facebook page.

‘If you have any information on who it is please still contact the club. May the golf gods curse him and every drive he hits is duffed,’ it wrote.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk