Hanwell golf course property damage leads to 2 arrests

The Keswick RCMP have arrested two people in connection with three incidents of property damage that occurred at Kingswood golf course in Hanwell last month.

RCMP believe third suspect also involved in significant damage at Kingswood

Two people have been arrested in connection with nearly $100,000 in property damage at a golf course near Fredericton.

Keswick RCMP are still investigating three incidents of property damage that occurred at Kingswood Golf in Hanwell between June 27 and June 29.
​Kingswood Golf in Hanwell sustained damage to its equipment and grounds between June 27 and June 29.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested and released on a promise to appear in court on Sept.5, say RCMP.

A male youth remains remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Fredericton provincial court on Thursday.

Police are also looking into a third suspect believed to have been involved in the incidents, Const. Derek Black said in a statement.

The investigation continues.

Kingswood decided to install more security cameras after the latest vandalism, Chris Billings, director of golf, had said.

Twelve golf carts were damaged over the three nights. One was dropped off of a six-metre cliff into a pond, while another was pushed over a 4.5-metre cliff, said Billings. Ten of the carts were beyond repair, he said.

In addition, nine holes at the golf course were damaged, said Billings.

"No matter what security can do, there's a lot of acreage here that can't be covered at all time so there's not much we can do in regards to that, so we're just hoping the areas in which the equipment is located on our facility, we'll put some more cameras and more alarms in place," he told CBC News at the time.

Billings said he believed the intruders were familiar with the course because the cliffs the carts were tossed from aren't easily accessible.

Grounds crews worked around the clock to repair the damage, just in time for Kingswood to host a string of local tournaments this month.