AS the crow flies, this ball thief was found quite a way from the Wodonga golf course.
The feathered fiend, branded the Slazenger Scavenger, was spotted toying with the ball in the garden at the rear of The Border Mail in McKoy Street.
How the crow came to have the ball is a mystery.
And how did it haul it the two kilometres or so from the Wodonga Golf Club? We don’t know.
Club professional Mandy Buchanan said she got reports about twice a month of balls being swiped by crows.
Maybe they think they’re eggs — “they’re a pain in the butt,” she said.
Ms Buchanan said if golfers spotted a crow pinching their ball they could use a replacement.
“You have to know that they took it, you have to have seen it and you can place the ball as close as possible to where it landed,” she said.
“But if you come over a hill, can’t find your ball and haven’t seen it taken, it’s a lost ball and you have to go back and hit another shot.”
Club vice-captain Pete Surman was left fuming recently when a crow plucked away his ball.
Surman is, of course, more than happy to see birdies and eagles.