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Man not given a mulligan for golf theft

POSTED September 18, 2009 11:37 p.m.
A Patterson man accused of swiping golf equipment from a Turlock sports store entered a no contest plea to second degree burglary on Sept. 1.
Joseph Gama, 34, was sentenced to two years in state prison for the theft, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.
On March 26 Gama entered Golf USA located on West Monte Vista Avenue and grabbed a golf bag and clubs that were located near the front entrance of the business and bolted out the door. He got into a waiting car and sped out of the parking lot.
The store owner followed the vehicle in his own car and called 9-1-1 to report the theft. The vehicle was eventually stopped by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies. Gama was arrested after the traffic stop and the merchandise, which was valued at $2,500, was recovered and returned to the store owner.  
Gama also pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence in another case and was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail, to run concurrently with the state prison sentence. He had also previously pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and had been receiving treatment pursuant to the deferred judgment program. That case was dismissed in light of the new convictions, the prosecution said.
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