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Masters patron charged in sand trap theft
Augusta Chronicle ^ | 4-9-12 | Bianca Cain Johnson

Posted on 04/09/2012 1:06:21 PM PDT by rawhide

A 40-year-old Masters patron was arrested Sunday after, police said, he attempted to steal sand from the sand trap.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Clayton Price Baker, of Ohio, slipped under the ropes following the tournament and attempted to put the sand in his cup.

After a short foot chase by Augusta National security and sheriff’s deputies, Baker was apprehended and charged with disorderly conduct.

Gay said Baker, who was drinking heavily at the time of the incident, was unsuccessful at getting any of the sand in his cup


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: golf; masters; sand; steal

Clayton Price Baker

1 posted on 04/09/2012 1:06:27 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

What’s that...”Larceny Under $1.00” ?


2 posted on 04/09/2012 1:08:02 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: rawhide

Is the sand somehow ‘special’?


3 posted on 04/09/2012 1:09:57 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: rawhide
Sand in his cup?

Would that be MIGHTY uncomfortable?


4 posted on 04/09/2012 1:13:49 PM PDT by moovova (Comments at FreeRepublic are WAY MORE interesting than the articles.)
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To: rawhide

Sandman! http://collider.com/wp-content/image-base/Movies/L/Logans_Run/Logans%20Run%20movie%20image%20(10).jpg


5 posted on 04/09/2012 1:14:24 PM PDT by tumblindice (our new, happy lives)
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To: MeganC
If I ran the Master's, I think I would regularly buy a pallet of sand from Home Depot, add it a bag at a time to the sand trap and, after it spent a day or so there, scoop it up and sell it by the cup.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

6 posted on 04/09/2012 1:16:24 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Gay State Conservative
What’s that...”Larceny Under $1.00” ?

Actually the title of the story is misleading, he wasn't charged with theft at all, but disorderly conduct. This was probably a good call by the authorities as it would be hard to convict on larceny theft for picking up some sand. There was a case similar to this when I was an intern at a law office back in my college days. The gist of it was the owner of a mobile home park wanted a resident charged with theft because they filled up large a tank with water from his spigots. However because he provided the water free of charge and didn't specify a limit, the courts viewed it as having no value regardless if a customer used 1 gallon or 50,000 gallons.

7 posted on 04/09/2012 1:16:56 PM PDT by apillar
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To: rawhide

I think I saw this idiot jumping up and down on camera. Wow, that’s funny. I was wondering because he wasn’t “acting” like most of the surrounding patrons seated next to him. Must be the beer courage or bourbon fame he had on board.


8 posted on 04/09/2012 1:17:15 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Why didn’t he just mount the shoes he wore all day on the hallowed ground? ;-)


9 posted on 04/09/2012 1:19:22 PM PDT by almost done by half
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To: rawhide

Capt. Scott Gay said Clayton Price Baker, of Ohio, slipped under the ropes


In a couple of years this will also be Tiger’s only method of getting on the course.


10 posted on 04/09/2012 1:23:57 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: rawhide
A 40-year-old Masters patron was arrested Sunday after, police said, he attempted to steal sand from the sand trap.

Grand Theft Sand?? How many years of hard time is that??

11 posted on 04/09/2012 1:24:36 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: apillar

I can’t imagine why they didn’t just ignore the fool.


12 posted on 04/09/2012 1:24:45 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: rawhide

HA!

Just how many GRASS THIEVES got away?!?!

You didn’t even TRY to arrest them!
That would be MY defense!


13 posted on 04/09/2012 1:25:04 PM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: rawhide

1st prisoner: Psst buddy, what are you in for?

2nd prisoner: Trying to steal a cup of sand.


14 posted on 04/09/2012 1:25:36 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: ExCTCitizen

This is what happens when you have rent-a-cops with nothing to do.


15 posted on 04/09/2012 1:26:48 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: MeganC
To the folks at the Augusta National, it is!

I lived in Augusta for a number of years. The Augusta National takes itself very very seriously, indeed.

The club and tournament logos are copyrighted and they prosecute every possible infringement.

This guy is lucky he didn't get any sand and that he only got disorderly conduct. If he'd got the sand and, say, tried to sell it on eBay or something he'd probably be in real trouble.

I never actually set foot on the course nor ever attended even the practice rounds. My late in-laws lacked the foresight to get on the ticket list back in the day when it was possible to do so and I kept putting off going to the practice rounds till you couldn't easily do that, either.

Now I live far away and don't miss it a bit, though I'd love to see the course (it was built on the site of a plant nursery). I came to loathe the tournament because it totally disrupts life; smart locals take the week off and go somewhere else.

16 posted on 04/09/2012 1:27:06 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: editor-surveyor

Been terrible if this was a small child! The kid would be locked away until he was 18.


17 posted on 04/09/2012 1:27:24 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: MeganC

Tradition has it this is the holy sand trap from which the prophet Mohammed pole vaulted into heaven.

Or was that broad-jumped?

Hmm...I get a little confused insofar as the specific details are concerned...


18 posted on 04/09/2012 1:27:52 PM PDT by MarineDad (Wherever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits)
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To: rawhide
"Come ere! Come ere! This is sand. Do you know what it's going to be a hundred years from now? Sand!"
- Sam Kineson
19 posted on 04/09/2012 1:28:11 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MeganC
Augusta National is a private club. They hold themselves and those who enter their grounds to high standards. Even Tiger Woods received reproval from the club's chairman after his sex scandal broke.

Patrons don't just walk onto the grounds, whether having a ticket or buying one at the gate. It's strictly controlled. A limited number of tickets are made available through a random drawing. However, most have been made available in the past through waiting lists, which have been closed for some time.

For a short example on how things are run, here's an example. Scroll down to the "Prohibited Items List" for an idea. They don't fool around, and this guy had it coming to him.

20 posted on 04/09/2012 1:28:38 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: rawhide
“Boss, I am going to be late coming back to work this week. I am in jail for trying to take a cup of sand as a souvenir.”
21 posted on 04/09/2012 1:31:16 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: bcsco

I don’t see where acoustic guitars, bongo drums, or even bagpipes are banned. Seems you could have Burning Man there.


22 posted on 04/09/2012 1:40:03 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: rawhide

Ten years as someone’s wife in a state prison farm will teach this thug not to steal sand.


23 posted on 04/09/2012 1:40:12 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: rawhide

Hmm looks like he “had a lot of sand” to try and steal sand...


24 posted on 04/09/2012 1:46:47 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: dead

“Why don’t you people live where THE FOOD IS?”...OH-OOHHHHHH!!


25 posted on 04/09/2012 1:49:59 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired high up in the mountains of the American Redoubt. Nothing beats that!!!)
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To: steve86

Give it a try in 2013 if you’re so inclined. Let me know how it works for you...


26 posted on 04/09/2012 2:02:15 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: rawhide

New nickname: Sandy Burglar....


27 posted on 04/09/2012 2:03:13 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: rawhide

Why did golf become a sport where drinking is more important than actually watching the game?

When I was a kid, you never saw people drunk at the Master’s. It wasn’t until the 90s this started becoming an issue.

Then there is the folks who think is is cool to yell after every shot.

What is with that?


28 posted on 04/09/2012 2:18:07 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: susannah59

Downtown Agusta hasn`t improved much since I was at

Gordon `69 I gather

Two cousins of mine who were there this week end

said they wouldn`t want to be there after dark

Awesomely beautiful course

Always wondered how many people it takes to maintain it


29 posted on 04/09/2012 2:38:38 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: rawhide

That dofus looks like one of those idiots that

scream “get in the hole”

Book `em Danno


30 posted on 04/09/2012 2:47:09 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: rawhide

Anybody see how POWs got rid of sand in The Great Escape?

This guy Baker, if he was a bit smarter, would have fitted his pants with the reverse... a trigger in his pocket would extend a snare out his pants bottom - bell bottoms would really work well to grab all the sand he could use. All then he’d need to do is learn to whistle REALLY GOOD, and nonchalantly wander aimlessly around the sand trap, gathering his precious sand while whistling some tune...


31 posted on 04/09/2012 3:19:25 PM PDT by C210N (Mitt "Severe Etch-a-Sketch" mcRominate-me)
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To: Red Badger

Ha! Good one


32 posted on 04/09/2012 4:00:25 PM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: susannah59
"e-bay"

How do do actually prove that any sand you stole was actually from Augusta? Just like people who would try to sell a piece of the Colosseum? There's no way to prove it unless Rome officials authorized sale of pieces and marked them as such. That idea is inherently ridiculous. Anybody who would buy junk like that deserves to be locked up for terminal stupidity.

33 posted on 04/09/2012 4:04:14 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: rawhide
They admit it was a trap.

Could he claim entrapment?

34 posted on 04/09/2012 4:06:26 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: MeganC
Is the sand somehow ‘special’?

Why, yes. Yes it is.

For one thing, it's from my home state. Specifically, it's quartz, a byproduct of feldspar mining near Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

Click here for more information on Augusta National's dazzling white sand.

35 posted on 04/09/2012 5:26:10 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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