Maintenance golf cart stolen from Lynchburg cemetery


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) –  Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg is asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen golf cart.

Staff discovered on Monday morning that the six-seat cart was missing.

“For anybody to have so little respect for the deceased or dead that would come into a cemetery and steal anything makes no sense to me,” said John Mason.

Mason has been a volunteer headstone repairman at the cemetery for more than 13 years. He uses the cart to transport other volunteers, their tools, and broken headstones across 27 acres of land.

“I think this one goes all the way up near the front gate,” he said, pointing to a headstone being worked on in a shed. “That’s a pretty good while. Pretty good ways from here, and I can’t walk carrying it that far, uphill, no it won’t work.”

Without the golf cart, they can’t carry their supplies very far or up hills. That means they’re not going to be able to repair tombstones.

The cart is also used for tours around the cemetery.

“I have a golf cart tour scheduled for this morning,” said Denise McDonald, the Executive Director of the cemetery, “and I had to call the lady last night and tell her I’m sorry, I don’t have a golf cart!”

The “Pugh Mobile” is named after a deceased headstone repairman, who trained Mason 13 years ago.

“It’s sentimental that we get that one back,” said Mason, “but it’s important that we get something back soon so that we have a way to navigate 27 acres of cemetery.”

Anyone with information on the cart’s location is encouraged to contact the Lynchburg Police Department at (434) 455-6041.

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