Ellenton man charged with golf club theft in Parrish

HERALD STAFF REPORTNovember 22, 2013 

Zachary Collin Perrin

MANATEE -- A 20-year-old Ellenton man has been hit with the unusual charge, "theft after trust," in connection with golf clubs valued at $1,350 found missing from the suspect's former employer, River Wilderness Golf & Country Club in Parrish.

The theft took place at 2:52 p.m. Nov. 16, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

Zachary Collin Perrin had someone help him remove the clubs, the report states.

The report lists Tyler Free as helping Perrin with the crime at the club, 2250 River Wilderness Rd., Parrish.

Perrin allegedly made plans to meet Free, who was working that evening, the report states.

The two had previously discussed Perrin coming to the country club to steal property, the report states.

Security video shows Perrin carrying golf clubs to an area where the golf carts are located, the report indicates.

The video then skips ahead about nine minutes and when the video resumes, the six clubs are gone, according to the report.

An interview was conducted with Free and he admitted to detectives that he was involved and that he knew Perrin's plan to steal the clubs, the report states.

Free told detectives he bagged up the clubs and carried them to Perrin's vehicle.

The report does not say if Free will face charges. Free had not been booked into the Manatee County Jail as of Friday, according to the sheriff's office website.

After detectives drove to his residence, Perrin told them he took the clubs and turned the video camera monitor off during the nine-minute lapse. Perrin told authorities he sold the clubs to a business for $960, the report states.

Perrin was arrested Thursday and released that same day after posting a $1,500 bond, according to the sheriff's office website.

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