Man accused of stealing from Letcher golf course allegedly set up own pro shop

bestep@herald-leader.comJuly 14, 2014 

A Virginia man accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of equipment from a golf course in Letcher County didn't take the items to sell, police said.

Instead, Allen Lorde allegedly used them to set up a pro shop of sorts in a building behind his home, police said.

Lorde also had a small driving range, said Mike Stidham, a sheriff's investigator in Dickenson County, Va.

"He basically had his own little golf course," Stidham said.

Lorde, of Clintwood, volunteered at Raven Rock Golf Course at Jenkins, a historic coal town in Letcher County near the Virginia line.

He allegedly took items a little at a time over two years, sometimes as he was taking out the trash, said Jim Stephens, the police chief in Jenkins.

Most of the value of what Lorde took was in used golf balls, which the course sells for 50 cents apiece, said Paul Fleming, who works at the golf course.

Stephens said Lorde took enough balls to fill two bathtubs.

Lorde took other items as well, including clubs, clothing and hats, and had created a pro shop in an outbuilding, Stephens said.

"He would just go back there and hang out," Stephens said.

Police recovered all the goods.

Lorde has been charged in Kentucky with theft over $10,000 and in Virginia with possession of stolen goods. He is to be arraigned in Kentucky on July 24.

Lorde could not be reached for comment.

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