Raccoon snatches golfer's iPhone

Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Officials at a Florida golf course said they found a food-snatching raccoon's hideout when he grabbed a cellphone equipped with GPS.

The Okeeheelee Golf Course west of West Palm Beach said a raccoon nicknamed Rocky has been stealing food items from golfers for some time and was suspected to be behind the disappearance of a golfer's iPhone New Year's Day, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

The device's owner, Brian Acker, of Sebring, and course employees used the iPhone 4's locator program and heard its locator tone coming from the top of a 12-foot palm tree.

The phone was recovered from the top of the tree, where course workers also discovered a cache of food wrappers.

"He has a taste for open food items left in golf carts and shiny items," Okeeheelee General Manager Mac Hood said of Rocky. "The raccoon just saw something he liked and he went in there and grabbed it."

The iPhone was returned to Acker, but Rocky remains on the loose, Hood said.

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