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Golf course raccoon cell phone thief foiled by GPS (video)

Jan 11, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

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To recover a cell phone stolen by a raccoon, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit — ever. They’re like the Viet Cong — Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that’s all she wrote.

It happened on New year’s Day at the Okeeheelee Golf Course near West Palm Beachm Fla., where a golfer came to the clubhouse and reported that he’d lost his cell phone the day before. So employees rounded up the usual suspects — which in thios case consisted of Rocky, a raccoon well known for pilferage at the course. They tracked the iPhone4 using GPS, and when they pinged it they heard its locator tone sounding from the top of a tree on the second hole. The employee climbed the tree and found the phone in Rocky’s nest.

Other stuff the raccoon had stolen: a sandwich (still in its plastic container) and assorted food wrappers.

“He has a taste for open food items left in golf carts and shiny items,” said Okeeheelee General Manager Mac Hood, who helped find the phone. “The raccoon just saw something he liked and he went in there and grabbed it.”

The phone was returned to its grateful owner, but Rocky remains on the loose.

The phone still works, suffered no major scratches and as far as Acker can tell, Rocky didn’t make any calls.

Yes, raccoon-related cell phone bills can be expensive.

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