Taylor Swift burglary defendant charged with Trump golf course vandalism

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Richard J. McEwan

Source: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office

This booking photo released by the Westerly, R.I., Police Department shows Richard Joseph McEwan, of Milford, N.J., arrested on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, and charged with breaking into Taylor Swift’s oceanfront house in Westerly.

Source: Westerly Police Department via AP

On Tuesday, McEwan was charged with committing two recent separate acts of vandalism at Trump National Golf Course, Bedminster.

The first allegedly occurred Sept. 3, while the second occured last Sunday, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and Bedminster Township Police.

In the first incident, “Bedminster Township Police Department received a call reporting property damage to Trump National Golf Course, Bedminster, New Jersey,” according to a press release.

“Upon arrival, Bedminster Police officers were advised that around 5:30 p.m., an employee of the golf course reported seeing a vehicle doing “donuts” on the 11th hole of the golf course,” the release said.

“The employee stated he was standing on the fairway when he heard loud music playing, turned and observed a Ford sedan occupied by one person doing ‘donuts” on top of the 11th hole. A search of the area yielded a black piece of plastic labeled Ford that was left behind at the scene.”

The damage in that incident was estimated to be more than $10,000.

A man practices on the putting green in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

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In the second incident, at around 3:36 p.m. cops were called about “a vehicle driving on the green of the 13th hole, doing ‘donuts’ which caused damage estimated to be between $7,000.00 and $9,000.00,” the release said.

“Upon arrival of officers, a witness advised police that a blue Ford compact car with a Rutgers sticker on it was seen being driven by a younger white male. A partial license plate of the vehicle was obtained.”

An investigation led to McEwan’s arrest on Tuesday.

He was released pending a future court date.

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, when asked about McEwan’s arrest, told CNBC, “He will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

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