Quick-footed golf flag prankster turns himself in

Quick-footed golf flag prankster turns himself in

Credit: Holly Van Delden

Surveillance photo shows a man running away with a flag from hold 16 at the Alamo Golf Club on Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2013.

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by Kens5.com Staff

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Posted on August 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 9 at 6:14 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- The owner of a local golf club says a flag thief she caught on camera turned himself in hours after photos of the brazen heist were posted online.

Holly Van Delden, president of the Alamo Golf Club on the city's northwest side, said the teen turned in the stolen flag pole on Wednesday afternoon.

Delden had set up hunting cameras throughout her gold course after pins started disappearing. She said more than a dozen have been stolen in the past year, each costing more than $100 to replace.

Earlier Wednesday, Delden's cameras caught a suspect wearing Texas flag-style running shorts, no shirt and bright orange shoes running away with the flag.

Delden said the boy returned that flag on Wednesday night and came back to the club on Thursday morning with his mom and a friend. She said the teen has agreed to volunteer at the golf course for a week to make up for stealing the flag.

"I would like to thank you for running the Flag Thief story on the news and on your website.  I am confident that this is the reason the flag was returned and the reason the young man turned himself in this morning.  I also think it sends a great message to others," Delden said in an e-mail on Thursday.

A police report was never filed, however, Delden said she probably would have called police if the suspect didn't turn himself in.

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