A college golfer did a no-no in a university parking lot: He left his car unlocked.
Sure enough, someone came along and stole the 16 golf clubs and the golf bag he had in his car — an estimated $3,500 worth of new gear. Zach Metrovich, who studies golf management at Florida Gulf Coast University, wasn’t going to just let that equipment go without a fight. So he started scouring everywhere he could — online and in person — to try to track down the equipment using the serial numbers printed or etched on clubs.
Ultimately, Metrovich found his clubs at a nearby Play It Again Sports in Ft. Myers, according to WFTX-TV. The clubs had been sold recently to the store, which has a mandatory 30-day wait before making the clubs available for sale in their store. Play It Again also requires resellers to provide a fingerprint, identification, serial numbers and the description of the items.
Once Metrovich identified his clubs, he worked with Play It Again to turn to police to track down the thief. Turns out, it was a fellow FGCU student, 20-year-old Andrew Baird. Baird hadn’t sold all of the clubs to Play It Again, just some — the rest were in his apartment in the same complex as Metrovich.
Now here’s the dumb part for Play It Again Sports. They won’t give Metrovich his clubs back until Baird goes through trial and is compelled to buy them back for Metrovich. The victim would have to buy them back until there’s a conviction, which is goofy.