2017-07-27 / Courts

Ford pleads not guilty to ‘golf cart’ theft

A 32-year-old Traverse City man pleaded not guilty in 86th District Court to a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property, less than $1,000.

The charge is related to a June 6 incident in which Jason J. Ford was allegedly attempting to steal two golf carts from Sugar Loaf Golf Course in Cleveland Township.

The golf carts were loaded on a trailer behind a motor home that had been stolen out of Grand Traverse County, according to court reports.

Ford was arrested for drunken driving and for driving on a suspended license. When Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies searched the motor home, they found burglary tools that included bolt cutters and a loaded rifle, reports said.

His 10 percent bond has been set at $25,000.

A pretrial conference has been set for Aug. 8. Ford is requesting a court-appointed attorney.

Ford is also being held on a $500,000 cash/surety bond on several felony charges related to the Sugar Loaf incident, including possession of burglary tools; three counts of receiving and concealing stolen property; operating while intoxicated, third offense; possession of a firearm by a felon; felony firearm and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. He is also being charged as a four-time habitual offender.

He has been bound over to 13th Circuit Court on the felony charges.

Ford is also named in several bench warrants out of Grand Traverse County for failure to pay fines on past convictions. He has a collections warrant out of Antrim County on a drunken driving conviction.

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