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Youths steal 11 golf carts from unlocked UK building, crash them after joyride

Damaged golf cart, with front right area cracked and headlights damaged, shown on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in the basement of the UK Peterson Service Building at the intersection of Upper St. and N. Limestone in Lexington, Ky.  Eleven golf carts were taken by youths and most were damaged.  All the golf carts have been recovered.  Photo by David Perry | Staff
Damaged golf cart, with front right area cracked and headlights damaged, shown on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in the basement of the UK Peterson Service Building at the intersection of Upper St. and N. Limestone in Lexington, Ky. Eleven golf carts were taken by youths and most were damaged. All the golf carts have been recovered. Photo by David Perry | Staff Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky police are investigating after a group of juveniles apparently stole 11 golf carts and took them on a joyride that culminated in a demolition derby.

University spokesman Carl Nathe said all of the golf carts had been recovered Tuesday morning, but most were damaged from being wrecked.

The carts, which are used by grounds keepers for hauling equipment and people around campus, were taken from the Peterson Service Building at South Upper Street and South Limestone. That building apparently had been left unlocked Monday night, Nathe said.

The wrecked carts were recovered in areas between Broadway and Patterson Street about a half mile away, several blocks south of Rupp Arena.

Police had not made any arrests Tuesday afternoon, though they were talking to witnesses and reviewing surveillance video that showed what appeared to be a group of teens taking the golf carts. The thefts happened Monday afternoon and evening, Nathe said.

"Other than going for some kind of joyride, we don't know what the motive was," he said.

Nathe said the university is reviewing security procedures at the facility and inspecting the damage to create a cost estimate. The building was supposed to have been locked.

He said he was unaware of any security problems at the service building before.

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