I agree, I have no idea what Acree knew or saw, I don't know whether he actually had seen his clubs, or whether he was just guessing. I haven't read anyone who knows any of this, but I've read a few guesses and assumptions, including:
Is that particular hypothetical just as ridiculous? I have yet to read anything that supports that particular guess.
A view that I disagree with is that since nobody actually got hurt, and the actual thief was caught, that its all good now. No matter how reckless Acree was, no matter how many people were endangered, its a happy ending for everyone except the thief. Well, I had 8 beers last night, and drove 20 miles home from the golf course, but I got home safe so its all good now.