The thief who looted the Masters for 13 years

The statement from the US Attorney's Office also states that Globensky must provide the government with a $1.5 million check within seven days of his guilty plea

by Andrea Gussoni
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The thief who looted the Masters for 13 years
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Richard Globensky, 39, could inspire a new movie in the 'Ocean's' saga or a series in the style of 'Money Heist' Like Cary Grant in 'To Catch a Thief' or Steve McQueen in 'The Thomas Crown Affair' (or Pierce Brosnan in its remake), this former employee of the Augusta National Golf Club has stolen items from the Masters worth $3.5 million over 13 years.

Augusta, results

Globensky admitted before a federal court in Chicago that he stole the items between 2009 and 2022 while working as a warehouse assistant at the club. The stolen material includes the green jackets won by golfers such as Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazen, and Ben Hogan.

His loot, estimated to have caused losses to the tournament of nearly $3.5 million, also includes documents and letters written by the tournament's co-founder, Bobby Jones, historical records of the Masters, a Clubhouse trophy, tickets and tournament programs, as well as unissued shares dating back to the early 1930s when the club was founded.

He also took other less significant items such as watches, pennants, or caps. Everything stolen was sold to a Florida broker for nearly $5.6 million, according to prosecutors. These items were then resold at a higher price. According to the court report, Globensky had everything well planned.

He always made sure that the amount of stolen materials was not excessive to avoid alerting the club's annual audit staff. He also instructed the buyer to issue payments in his wife's name and then created a company to collect the stolen items.

By pleading guilty, Globensky will serve between 24 and 30 months in prison, instead of the up to 10 years that this crime carries. US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman set the sentencing for October 29, 2024. The statement from the US Attorney's Office also states that Globensky must provide the government with a $1.5 million check within seven days of his guilty plea. It also stipulates that Globensky must return the $5.3 million he earned from the stolen goods.

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