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PD: Owner of golf clubs stolen by clumsy burglar gets them back

Home surveillance video shows burglar falling. (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Home surveillance video shows burglar falling. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Andrew Hargenrader (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Andrew Hargenrader (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

The owner of a costly set of golf clubs stolen in March by a clumsy burglar has them back thanks to a concerned citizen, Phoenix police said.

Phoenix police announced April 25 that 35-year-old Andrew Hargenrader was arrested in Peoria. He's been booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

"I think the police are going to find you," burglary victim Lee Pope said with a laugh shortly after the March 26 incident. Hargenrader was arrested on April 22.

This week, Pope's golf clubs "mysteriously" appeared on the doorstep of a residence, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said. The unidentified citizen called police and detectives picked them up and returned them to Pope, Holmes said.

In the burglary, home surveillance video taken at Pope's residence showed the suspect approaching the garage in the 26000 block of N. 64th Avenue.  

Pope told police he heard a noise, went outside, and saw the suspect running from his garage.

The video showed the burglar trip and fall while he was halfway down the driveway. He rolled over several times before coming to a stop by the curb.

"I hope it broke his teeth or his jaw," said Pope.

An accomplice was seen pulling up in a distinctive orange colored Dodge Challenger with chrome wheels with the trunk already open.

The suspect got up, stashed the Ping golf clubs in the trunk and jumped in the passenger's side of the getaway vehicle. Police said Hargenrader owned the car. The driver, identified as Matt Tippett, was arrested on Thursday and booked into jail.

Pope took his own car and attempted to catch up to the suspect's vehicle but gave up after a short distance, fearing he could be putting his neighbors in jeopardy.

"At that point I come running out of the house and they were speeding away and me yelling at them," said Pope.

Pope told police he had been in his office when he saw the suspect's vehicle drive slowly past his home before the burglary.

It took a week or so after the burglary to download the surveillance video and until then, no one realized how bad a fall the suspect had taken.

"We played it again and I said awesome, there is justice in the world," said Pope.

Police said Hargenrader admitted to selling the golf club set to a person he knew. 

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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