A total of four hundred golf cart batteries were reported stolen from an embattled Elkhart company Friday.
Police responded to the theft report at GRC Golf Carts, 1651 Toledo Road, just before 10 a.m. Officers learned that 400 batteries were stolen from the property sometime after 5:30 a.m. Nov. 9, according to Elkhart Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Snyder.
He said there is no evidence of a break-in, and that the value of the batteries is estimated at $6,000.
GRC co-owner Chad Leiby is due to appear in a St. Lawrence County, New York, courtroom on Dec. 19, where he will face three counts of third-degree felony grand larceny for allegedly ordering 13 golf carts valued at $21,125 from Mid-State Golf Cart in Canton, N.Y., but never giving payment or returning the carts.
Police also responded to a violent robbery of a man in north Elkhart which allegedly happened Friday.
Officers took the report from the 24-year-old victim just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday. He said he went to an address on York Street to visit a friend around 2 p.m. Friday, and that when he arrived his friend let him into the garage and closed the door.
At that moment, two men appeared and starting punching him and hitting him with a baseball bat, causing pain and minor injury. The victim told police they then took his property, including electronics and some cash.
The man was able to get out of the garage and leave the area a short time later, then went to a Canton Street location where he called police.