Theft suspect claims he bought stolen golf cart without knowing

Published: Nov. 11, 2010 at 1:24 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2010 at 1:55 PM EST
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Conway, SC - By Brandon Herring - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County police charged two people Tuesday in a golf cart theft investigation. Christopher Rossi and his wife Kelly were arrested on charges of receiving stolen goods.

However, Rossi spoke out Wednesday saying he bought and re-sold a golf cart without realizing it had been stolen. He also said the charges against his wife were especially unwarranted be he was the only person who handled selling golf carts.

"It's just some stupid mistakes because, you know, I don't know about golf carts, and now I'm suffering," Rossi said.

Rossi explained that he started buying and reselling golf carts earlier this year when his hours at work were cut back.

"I bought a golf cart and put it out there for sale on 544, and it went really fast, so I thought wow, this could be something good," he said.

So he continued, but he said he did not know much about the right paperwork or what questions to ask. So he did not know he had re-sold a stolen golf cart.

"There's no title. It's a strict bill of sale. That's what it is," Rossi said. "You're taking another man's word that that cart's good. That's what I did, and I was a little dumb about it and naïve because I don't know nothing about the golf cart business, and that's why I'm going through this."

Rossi said he did not check for serial numbers, and some people told him many golf carts just do not have them.

Bob Miller at Graham Golf Cars said that is simply not true. Golf carts do not have titles like cars, so a serial number is the first thing you should check for if you want to buy a golf cart from an individual.

"If it doesn't have a serial number on it, that's a good indication or red flag that you really need to do some checking on it or stepping away from it," Miller said.

He said potential buyers should also ask why the cart is being sold.

A cart without a charger or a deal that is just too good to be true are also warning flags.

"If you see a golf cart that's valued at five or six thousand dollars and they're trying to sell it for two thousand dollars, do yourself a favor and walk away from that deal," Miller advised.

Of course, Miller suggested buyers can feel most secure by buying from an authorized dealer.


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