BRADENTON -- Susan and Henry Lockwood got a lot of use out of their golf cart and they don't even play golf.
The disabled Heather Hills Estates couple rode it to the clubhouse to play cards, take exercise classes and enjoy pot luck dinners.
They even rode it down the back of the 352-mobile home community off Fifth Street West to Steak 'n Shake.
"It was a real convenience," said Henry Lockwood, 70.
"And it gave me independence, because I can't drive," said Susan Lockwood, 58.
The golf cart was stolen sometime last Monday night.
"It's always parked in the carport, but we got up Tuesday morning -- and no golf cart," he said. "We never heard a thing."
What's more, the Lockwoods and the mobile home park owners suspect the golf cart, which had a dump bed, was used by the thieves who broke into an equipment pod and drove off with more than $4,000 in tools the same night.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Randy Warren said detectives are investigating both incidents and can't say whether they are connected. No arrests have been made.
"We've had all kinds of stuff stolen -- bicycles, a purse, now this -- and we're tired of it," said Heather Hills co-owner Chris Stephens. "The tools will probably turn up in pawn shops. They all have serial numbers.
"We're putting up more security cameras, for sure."
As for replacing the stolen golf cart -- a gift from another park member, now deceased -- the Lockwoods are stuck.
"I have no idea how we'll replace it," the husband said. "We can't afford one."
Stephens is sympathetic.
"I know how much it means to them and we're all in shock someone would take it. It's so brazen," she said. "I hope we can somehow get them another one for them."
Anyone willing to help can call Heather Hills at 941-755-0123.
Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix