2 men nabbed on golf cart stealing spree

ST. GEORGE — Two St. George men were arrested late evening Thursday on felony theft charges for stealing golf carts from various golf courses in St. George.

St. George police officers were asked to respond to 1825 West Mathis Park in St. George to investigate a case of felony theft with related incidents, according to a statement written by St. George Police Detective Terrance Taylor in support of the arrest. Officers made contact with a man who reported that he had recently purchased a golf cart that he had found posted in an online advertisement that listed the golf cart in St. George.

Curtis M. Bryner's booking photo posted Nov. 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Curtis M. Bryner’s booking photo posted Nov. 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The man said he purchased the golf cart from a man identified as Curtis Bryner, 19, who lived at a specified address on the 1800 block of West Mathis Park in St. George. According to the statement, the man paid Bryner $200 in cash as well as traded a 40 caliber pistol, estimated at $400, for the purchase of the golf cart.

The golf cart was then found to be stolen out of St. George. Follow-up information provided by the person who bought the stolen golf cart online led investigators to positively identify suspect Bryner as well as alleged accomplice Cecil Tuua, 19. Both Bryner and Tuua were at the residence where the transaction had occurred, according to the statement.

“We conducted interviews with the suspects who confessed to having stolen a Golf Cart from Oasis Palms,” Taylor wrote in the statement, “they said they had stolen other Golf Carts at various locations in St. George.”

Cecil E. Tuua's booking photo posted Nov. 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Cecil E. Tuua’s booking photo posted Nov. 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Upon further interview, Tuua and Bryner acknowledged the recent sale of the golf cart, that they had advertised online, for cash and the pistol.

“They confessed to having stolen this cart from South Gate Golf Course,” Taylor wrote. This golf cart had been valued at $2,300.

After Tuua and Bryner consented to a search of the house and vehicle, investigators located the pistol and recovered the $200 from Bryner who advised investigators that there was a stolen golf cart inside of the garage, according to the statement, and this golf cart was found to be stolen from Oasis Palms Apartment Complex and valued at $5,000.

A stolen flatbed single-axle trailer, with a reported value of $1,000, was also discovered parked in the driveway in front of the house.

“The suspects stated they had found the trailer and had not stolen it but also stated they thought it was possibly stolen,” Taylor wrote in the statement. “The suspects admitted they had used the trailer to transport stolen Golf Carts to their residence for storage.”

Tuua and Bryner were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Tuua and Bryner were each charged with one second-degree felony for theft of the golf cart valued at $5,000, one third-degree felony for theft of the golf cart valued at $2,300, a class A misdemeanor for possession of stolen property and a class A misdemeanor for theft by deception.

In addition to the above charges, Bryner was charged with a class A misdemeanor for theft and a third-degree felony for theft.

According to bookings information Tuua’s current bail stands at $18,700, and Bryner’s current bail stands at $25,550.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Editor’s note: The ages of Tuua and Bryner have been corrected.

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  • Zonkerb November 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

    How about one count each of being stupid. LOL.!

  • Okie Dokey November 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Is that bail higher than amount set for the guy in Cedar who embezzled almost a million dollars? Wanna bet they get a harsher sentence? Just look at them, and you can probably guess why they would.

  • Paul November 23, 2014 at 1:10 am

    These guys should be on worlds dumbest

  • Red Rocker November 23, 2014 at 8:42 am

    They had a business plan and implemented it to the best of their abilities.

    • Koolaid November 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Probably stole the carts while cops were surveilling a dance party.

  • dancing infidel November 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Sounds like these two guys were providing a service/product to the golfing community. Just getting better deals on their carts and passing on those savings to their customer base. Also wondering if they had an inventory of golf clubs that they might be discounting. I am also in the market for a nice pair of golf shoes, preferably the two-tone black/white in a size 10 1/2. Sheesh….

  • Koolaid November 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

    The thieves may have done a favor for the golfing fatsos. Some of those fatties on the golf course would benefit from walking, actually exercising, instead of riding around on a golf cart chasing their little balls.

  • teach November 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I’d love to know what is going to happen to the guy who traded the stolen pistol? Sounds like he just set himself up.

  • 2opps December 1, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I personally know these of boys and they just made a HUGE mistake. Maybe instead of putting them down we should all hope it doesn’t ruin their lives and they learn from it. BTW they’re only 19, just graduated from high school. They are not 21. I hate articles who can’t get their information straight.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic December 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

      As you should, 2opps. The ages were verified as 19 and so noted on Nov. 22. I wonder if you’re viewing an earlier cached version?
      Thank you for you kind input,
      ST. GEORGE NEWS | STGnews.com
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • teach December 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        Thanks for the support 2OPPS. I agree 100%. This was a 1st offense for both. The reason it was edited to show their actual age was because someone else who personally knows these boys informed the writer. She claimed it was a good thing she wasn’t a math major. LOL

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