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Four Divers Charged with Having Lots of Balls

Three men and one woman are charged with brazen thefts at two area golf clubs.

Three men and one woman were arrested and charged with stealing golf balls out of ponds at White Manor Country Club in Willistown and in Newtown Square early Wednesday morning.

A sergeant stopped a white van with a trailer outside Aronimink Country Club early Wednesday morning. Inside were three men, one woman and 8,000 golf balls. According to the police report:

The occupants claimed that they were collecting golf balls to be reconditioned for the course. It was learned from the occupants that they would use dive equipment to dive into the pond and retrieve the balls. During the course of their investigation, Sgt. Sebra discovered that this was not the case, and that the [actors] did not have permission to be on the property or to remove golf balls from the pond.

The four suspects—Daniel P. Curry, 31, Charles D. Creed IV, 26, Robert D. Sauve III, 28 and Carisa N. Osmond, 23—all from Saginaw, Mich., were arraigned Wednesday afternoon before Judge Chester Darlington. They face charges of theft, receiving stolen property and defiant trespass.

When asked by the judge about his employment, Curry replied that he owns a ball-retrieval business called Plus 1, which he has run for seven years. Each defendant was released on 10 percent of $5,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing date in early May. After the arraignment, Curry said the arrest was due to a miscommunication. He said he has contracts with other golf courses in the area, and was told through a business associate that he could collect balls from Aronimink and White Manor for evaluation.

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