Friends charged in beer-fueled, golf-cart-facilitated burglary

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. -- Three young men capped off an all-nighter of drinking beer and cruising around in a golf cart by burglarizing a neighbor, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, a resident living near the Tapps Island Golf Course got up early to do some yard work Wednesday and left his garage door open. A short time later, he discovered someone had taken a computer tower, hammer, cordless drill and stool out of the garage.

The victim remembered seeing three men -- later determined to be 20-year-old Grant Agather, 20-year-old Elvis Marler and 19-year-old Austin Stone -- riding by in a golf cart around the time of the burglary, according to the charging documents.

While driving around the neighborhood, the victim's nephew spotted some of the stolen property in shrubs belonging to a house in the 3100 block of 196th Avenue Court East.

According to the charging documents, deputies went to the house and spoke with Marler's mother, who told them her son was out all night with a golf cart.

After speaking with his mother, Marler agreed to talk to police, reportedly telling them he was with Stone and Agather that night.

According to the charging documents, Stone said the three of them were drinking beer and driving around in the golf cart when they saw the victim's open garage and decided to take some stuff, which they hid in a crawl space at Marler's house.

Agather reportedly added that he had consumed an entire case of beer by the time of the burglary.

Ah, to be young in the summertime.