News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, May 6, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- Investigators are looking for the person or people who took something that's very important to a group that helps kids and the elderly.
Lynn Thompson has been running the Living History Park for more than two decades.
"I started it 22 years ago, and it's my love, it's my passion," Thompson said.
Early Sunday morning, Thompson got a call that the park's donated EZ-GO golf cart had been stolen.
"We use the golf cart to help elderly people to get in the park," she explained. "That golf cart is our life. I mean, if somebody's handicapped or elderly -- we have nothing else."
And the thieves had to go through a lot to steal the cart.
"Not only did they cut the lock off the building -- that lock was cut, the golf cart is gone and then they went out through our concession stand [and] the big gates there -- [that] lock was cut."
The golf cart has the park's name and logo on it, raising the question: How are they going to get rid of it?
"We're a nonprofit," Thompson explained. "Nobody gets paid. We're here to help the community. You know ... just ... why?"
She says the loss of the cart is a huge blow to the entire operation.
"Our budget's pretty restricted and we don't have money to just go out and buy a new golf cart," Thompson said.
Now, Thompson is just hoping investigators can find out who did this.
"Whoever stole it knew it was there [and] knew how to do it," Thompson said. "And I hope whoever stole it gets caught."
The golf cart is black with a cream top and cream writing on the front with the Living History Park logo. On the side of the cart, it says Colonial Carriage. News 12 has attached pictures of the logo and a model of the cart.
North Augusta Public Safety is investigating the theft, so if you have any leads, contact Public Safety.