Woman arrested for diving for golf balls

May 2, 2004 at 9:40 AM
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YAMAOKA, Japan, May 2 (UPI) -- A woman wearing a wetsuit and swimming goggles was arrested at a golf course in Japan for allegedly stealing about 1,500 golf balls.

Natsumi Tsujita was arrested Saturday on suspicion of theft.

The Mainichi Daily News reported the 60-year-old woman admitted to the allegations, saying she wanted spending money.

Police said Tsujita collected golf balls from the bottom of the 6-foot-deep lake near the 15th hole at the Sasadaira Country Club in Yamaoka.

Using a waterproof flashlight to find the golf balls Tsujita put the golf balls into a net attached to a floating swimming ring, and by early Saturday had collected 1,554 balls.

The Supreme Court in Japan has ruled lost golf balls are the property of the golf course.

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