Man charged with transporting stolen Masters memorabilia

Theft of items from Augusta National Golf Club allegedly occurred over 13-year period

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Augusta National Golf Club is the home of the Masters tournament. (Credit: Getty Images)

A man has been charged in federal court with the transport of millions of dollars' worth of stolen Masters memorabilia from Augusta National Golf Club, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

A document filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois accuses Richard Globensky, 39, of transporting items across state lines to Tampa, Florida, “knowing the same had been stolen, converted and taken by fraud.” The Chicago-based court did not immediately respond to a voicemail.

According to online court records, Globesnky is being represented by Tom Church of The Church Law Firm, based in Atlanta. Church also did not immediately respond to a voicemail.

The items had allegedly been stolen from Augusta National, as well as other locations, over the course of 13 years (2009-2022). Augusta National did not immediately respond to request to comment.

If convicted, Globensky would have to forfeit any property and cash attained from proceeds traced to the stolen items, the government said.

If any of the items can’t be located, have been diminished in value or have been commingled with other property that cannot be divided without difficulty, “the United States of America shall be entitled to forfeiture of substitute property,” officials say in the charging documents.

Matt Liberman is a reporter and video producer for cllct.