Dublin Villager

Police beat

One of two golf ball sculptures recovered was damaged

Two of the giant golf ball sculptures displayed around Dublin for the Presidents Cup were stolen last week.

One ball was stolen Oct. 9 and returned within 24 hours.

Another bearing a Nationwide Insurance and Memorial Tournament logo, however, was reported stolen Oct. 7 and not returned until Oct. 12.

The ball was on display at Dublin Road and Memorial Drive when it was stolen.

Immunity was offered if the public artwork was returned undamaged, but when it was found in the 8200 block of Dublin Road on Oct. 12, a large crack was found on the ball.

The city plans to put the balls away for the winter and display them again for the 2014 Memorial Tournament. The stolen ball will be repaired.

The city is keeping an eye on the golf balls while they remain at locations throughout town.

"Everyone is keeping an extra eye on them," said Jodi Andes senior public information officer.

"City officials, workers and police are more aware and keeping an eye on these balls."

In other recent Dublin police reports:

* Four smart phones were stolen from a business in the 6300 block of Sawmill Road between 7:15 Oct. 5 and 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

A customer notified police of a broken glass door at the front of the business when they arrived to shop.

* An envelope containing four checks and an envelope with $3,748 were stolen from an office at a business in the 6700 block of Sawmill Road between 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and noon Oct. 5.

* A stereo was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 5700 block of Mark Lane between 1 and 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10. A window was broken to get into the vehicle.

* A rock was thrown through a glass window at a business in the 5500 block of Blazer Memorial Parkway at 11:50 p.m. Oct. 10.

Officers were notified of the incident through an alarm and when they arrived they found a hole in the window.

Police said they do not believe entry was made into the business and nothing was reported stolen.