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La Quinta woman looks for missing golf cart, after putting 2 carts up for sale on consignment

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La Quinta resident Paulina Kallimanis says Fairway Golf Carts in Palm Desert, took possession of her two golf carts last November, on a "handshake agreement" to sell the carts on consignment.     

She returned to the business in February, only to find that owner Jason Stella, had gone out of business, with her two carts nowhere to be found. 

"I feel really sad that all of this came down the way it did," said Kallimanis.

After finding the doors locked at the business in February, she started asking around, and eventually was told to check with another golf cart sales and service business, CSI, or Cart Service Incorporated, just blocks away from Fairway Golf Carts; that maybe they would know what happened to her yellow "Gem" cart, and her white Bombardier

"I don't feel that I was treated fairly, and I know there are other people out there in the same situation," said the grandmother.

At CSI in April, is where and when Oaulina says she found her "Gem" cart, and on her request, CSI delivered it back to her house. 

"I was fortunate enough to get it back under my own investigative techniques," said Kallimanis.

 Still coming up empty on the other cart, she asked News Channel 3 to get involved.

As part of the effort to help Paulina track down the Bombardier, we went to CSI in Palm Desert, to talk with the owner to see what he knew.

The owner of CSI, Stan Smith, who would not talk on camera, told us when Fairway Golf Carts went out of business, that owner Jason Stella turned over his inventory to CSI. 

Smith says the yellow "Gem" cart was part of that inventory but says the white Bomardier was not.  

However, Stella, who we later tracked down on the phone, and who is now working in Burbank, says the white Bombardier was part of the inventory that went to CSI.

Kallimanis, who says she once "worked as a bounty hunter", appears bound and determined to get her cart back. 

"There are golf carts all over this valley.  It is somewhere.  It didn't just disappear," said Kallimanis. 

After we spoke with Jason Stella on the phone Wednesday afternoon, we had Kallimanis call him.  

She said during the conversation, Stella told her that he would work to find out what happened to her Bombardier, and  said if he couldn't track it down, he would pay her for the cart, which Kallimanis says is worth $4,500

Tom Tucker

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