2017-06-22 / Courts

Traverse City man faces felonies in golf cart thefts


FORD FORD Jason J. Ford of Traverse City was arraigned Tuesday on four felony charges in 13th Circuit Court after his preliminary hearing had waved.

Ford was arraigned on felony counts of possession of burglar tools; receiving and concealing stolen property; operating while intoxicated, third offense; and possession of firearms by a felon.

Ford’s bond conditions included not consuming or possessing alcohol or drugs; providing twice-daily PBTs; discretionary PBT; urine screens twice monthly; not allowed in bars or casinos; not to have weapons of any kind; no violent or intimidating behavior; and is to take medications only as prescribed.

The charges stem from an early morning incident on June 6 when Leelanau County Sheriff Sgt. T. Cadieux responded to a report of golf carts being stolen from Sugar Loaf The Old Course in Cleveland Township. Cadieux encountered and stopped a motor home that allegedly was pulling a trailer with two golf carts, according to court documents. Ford was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor. Cadieux learned that the motor home had been stolen in Grand Traverse County on May 31, according to the documents. After searching the motor home, deputies allegedly discovered burglar tools including bolt cutters as well as a loaded rifle.

Ford’s bond continues to be set at $500,000.

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