Golf-course robbers put players in the hole Police add patrols after spate of holdups on city-owned greens

July 09, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

First, the young man complimented James Dalaney on his approach shot to the 13th green at Clifton Park Golf Course. Then he pulled a knife and demanded money.

"I saw this young fella coming from behind the 14th green," said Dalaney, 69, recounting his robbery Saturday morning -- one of a series at city-owned courses this month. "He was casually walking. A lot of people walk across the course. I thought nothing of it.

"I hit my second shot and he said, 'Nice shot,' " Dalaney said. "I said I could have hit it better. The next thing I know he was in the cart next to me. He flashed a knife and said, 'I'll take your money.' "

Dalaney, who lost $40 to the bandit, was one of several golfers robbed since July 1 at Clifton Park -- a spate of holdups that has sparked concern among players and police who worry about a repeat of similar incidents that occurred two years ago.

Lynnie Cook, executive director of Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp., met with police yesterday and said he is satisfied that investigators "have the situation under control."

Two years ago, police arrested four teen-agers and charged them with robbing a group of golfers at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. The bandits wore towels around their faces and forced one golfer, at gunpoint, to empty his pockets while kneeling on the grass.

About the same time, two teen-agers robbed a pair of golfers of $70 at Forest Park Golf Course. A robber armed with a rifle fired a shot up a fairway, but no one was injured.

Yesterday, Maj. Bert L. Shirey, commander of Northeastern District, said he will have a patrol officer occasionally ride through the course on a golf cart. If the problem continues, Shirey said he would assign undercover officers to the course, as he did in 1994.

After Dalaney was robbed, he drove his golf cart to course marshals, who patrol with two-way radios.

On July 1, police said, two groups of golfers were held up at Clifton Park in robberies two hours apart.

At about 11 a.m., Dick Lutz, 67, who lives in Hillendale, and Jack Zimnitzky, 65, of Fallston said a gunman robbed them of $13.

The police report says a man in his mid-20s threatened them with a handgun hidden in a potato chip bag and said, "I am homeless. I need money. Give me money." After getting the $13, the report says the man told the victims: "I have no regard for human life."

About 9 a.m. the same day, Ed Parmentier, 68, of Linthicum Heights told police that he was held up by a man in his mid-20s who pulled a black handgun from a paper bag, pointed it at him and said: "This is a simple stickup." The man ran when Parmentier told him he didn't have any money.

Pub Date: 7/09/96

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