Anthony C. White

A man accused of stealing clubs from bags at a Buckhead golf course played the role of a golfer to a tee, one of the victims says.

Video surveillance showed a man dressed in a hat, a Polo shirt, khaki shorts and golf shoes. He also apparently knew something about golf, pilfering the priciest clubs from golf bags in a string of incidents at the North Fulton Golf Course.

Atlanta Police charged Anthony White with seven counts of theft by taking, a misdemeanor. White was arrested on April 10 and released on April 12, according to jail records.

Attempts to reach White have been unsuccessful. Employees at the North Fulton Golf Course confirmed the thefts occurred there, but declined further comment.

Chandler Rierson, a Buckhead resident, went to the golf course April 9, a Tuesday afternoon. He didn’t notice his Scotty Cameron putter missing until he reached the hole on the first green. He went back to the pro shop and said staff informed him that someone had been lifting clubs from unattended bags.

He said staff showed him surveillance footage of a man circling his golf bag that he left at the putting green earlier in the day while he went inside the pro shop to pay. The man on the video took the putter and walked off, Rierson said.

“He knew about golf clubs and how much they were worth and the sport,” Rierson said. “He was taking people’s most expensive clubs.”

Rierson has recovered his putter and said he plans to keep a closer eye on his golf bag in the future.

“Golf is like a gentleman’s sport,” Rierson said. “I just wouldn’t think anyone would steal something on a golf course like that. I guess there’s a first time for everything.”

Here is a list of the incidents reported to Atlanta Police:

300 block of Woodward Way, NW – A larceny was reported on April 7. A man placed a golf bag behind the clubhouse, then left the bag to go inside and get a drink. When he returned to the spot where he placed the bag, it was no longer there.  An iPhone was also inside the bag. The phone was unable to be tracked.

200 block of W. Wieuca Road, NW – A larceny was reported on April 8.        A man said he sat his bag of golf clubs in front of the building and when he went back, he noticed his driver club was missing.

200 block of W. Wieuca Road, NW – A larceny was reported on April 10. A man said he sat his bag of golf clubs down and when he went back he noticed his putter was missing.

300 block of Woodward Way, NW – A larceny was reported on April 9.  A man said he left his golf clubs unattended outside of the clubhouse, and when he returned one of the golf clubs was missing.

300 block of Woodward Way, NW – A larceny was reported on April 10.  A man said he left his golf clubs in the rack at the back of the clubhouse and went inside to pay. When he returned he found his Ping driver missing.

200 block of W. Wieuca Road, NW – A larceny was reported on April 11. An unknown suspect stole the victim’s golf club from his bag.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com