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Caught in the Act - Golf ball machine theft

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Orange Beach Police have arrested two Spanish Fort women after receiving several calls identifying them as theft suspects.  The women are accused of breaking into two ball dispensing machines at a local golf course.  Police said the women gave them the best evidence they could have hoped for after looking straight into a security camera before trying to disguise themselves.

Surveillance video from December 2, 2017, shortly before 10:00 a.m. shows two women stealing money from ball machines at Orange Beach Golf Center.  One is wearing a toboggan pulled down over her eyes while the lookout has her head covered by a hoodie, making it hard to identify them.  But, investigators said it’s what the same security camera caught just moments before the crime that made the case a slam dunk.

“Initially, in the video you will see both subjects approach the dispensary and one of the individuals actually looks up at the camera and then they realize, okay, we need to walk off camera range and then they eventually come back with their hoodies pulled down and a toboggan…one had a toboggan pulled over her face to disguise her identity, however, at that point and time it’s too late,” explained Lt. Carl Bradley with the Orange Beach Police Department.

Orange Beach pulled the video and uploaded still frames of the suspects to their Facebook page.  It didn’t take long for calls to come in identifying the suspects as 20 year-old, Kia Cain and 19 year-old, Elizabeth Williamson, both of Spanish Fort.  Police said because of their poor decisions, they both face criminal charges and will have to pay for damages.

“We’re looking at about sixteen hundred dollars in damage to both the dispensaries and also a small amount of currency was taken as well so we’re looking at criminal mischief charges and theft of property as well,” Bradley said.

Bob Gareri and his wife play at Orange Beach Golf Center and use the driving range often.  He finds it hard to believe that the suspects would follow through on the crime after knowing that they were being watched.

“It’s pretty shocking to me,” Gareri said.  “I just can’t imagine that anybody looking at a camera would not think, ‘Ooh, this is not a good idea.’ But, apparently they had more interest in the money that they were going to be able to gather out of the machine than they did worrying about the repercussions afterwards.”

Cain and Williamson were supposed to turn themselves in Thursday afternoon, December 14, 2017, but didn’t show up.  Police said that the pair ended up getting pulled over in Gulf Shores for a traffic violation later in the day and have now been taken to Orange Beach to face the charges.

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