Police: Man steals golf cart from course

A man who stole a golf cart from a Center Grove area golf course was arrested Wednesday evening after a deputy found him putting on clothes inside a nearby store.

Donald Onkle, 42, who is homeless, was arrested on charges of theft and providing false information.

Police said Onkle stole a golf cart that was at the third hole of the Dye’s Walk Country Club golf course at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A man who matched the description of the suspect was reported to be at a Goodwill store about 2 miles north of the golf course on State Road 135, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reports said.

When a deputy arrived, Onkle had just put on a shirt and hat from the store, which still had their tags on, and was hiding his face, the reports said. Onkle told the deputy and the store manager that he would pay for the items. He initially denied knowing anything about the stolen golf cart and gave the deputy a false name, before eventually giving the deputy his correct information, the reports said. Onkle then offered to help find the golf cart, and eventually led the deputy to where he had parked it at a nearby business, the reports said.

After the golf cart was returned to the country club, a manager said there was damage to the front suspension, which was out of alignment, the reports said.

Onkle was arrested and taken to Johnson County jail. He was held on $2,200 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.