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June Jam in a Jam After Golf Carts Stolen

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Surveillance video photos show people actually driving away with one of the carts next to a sedan. Surveillance video photos show people actually driving away with one of the carts next to a sedan.

HOUSTON, Del. (WBOC)- Thieves left a Kent County tradition, June Jam, in a jam. The annual outdoor music festival celebrated its 35th year this past weekend, but a good time hit a sour note after the music ended. Now, organizers are on the hunt for some expensive missing items.

June Jam happens at G&R Campground, which is a big campground in Houston. Volunteers rent golf carts to get around more easily. After the event, they leave the carts for the rental company to pick up Monday. They say they've done that for years. This year, somebody, or a group of people, stole the carts.

June Jam President, Matt Boller, says it had been a great weekend.

"We had one of the best, if not the best, June Jams ever," Boller said. "Everybody was just blown away by it. They were talking about the show, the show, the show... then I found out these golf carts were taken. It just felt like we got violated. I was hurt, and I was extremely upset."

Boller says someone took one cart on Saturday. When they found that one, it was in rough, but useable shape.

Three others went missing at the end of the weekend. Only one has been recovered so far.

"I thought it was used in a demolition derby out in a corn field, but apparently, it just went through the field. It got pretty damaged," Boller said. "The other two... who knows... We have no idea where they are."

Norman Dempster, who runs G&R campground, thinks a guy who is shown in surveillance video from his parking lot might know what happened to the golf carts. Dempster says he saw the man and talked to him, but he didn't suspect anything.

"I asked him could I help him. He said, 'Yes. Do you have a lost and found? I lost my wallet out here.'"

Dempster's security cameras also caught people actually driving away with one of the carts next to a sedan.

"We're asking people to help us locate these golf carts," said Lynn Fowler, who handles public relations for the event. "So, the people who rented them will not be responsible for them. Ultimately, the renters are responsible."     

However, Boller said June Jam is not going to let them be responsible and may end up covering more than $15,000 an event like this doesn't really have.

"They'll get paid for one way or another," he said. "It will put a big damper on next year's show if we have one at all."

Boller says it would go a long way to make sure there's an event next year to find the carts and the people responsible. He has a message for them:

"You need to take ownership of what you did and come forward and turn yourself into the police and pay this bill. You need to face the music."

June Jam raises money for A.I. Dupont Children's Hospital and United Veterans Outreach. Boller says these thefts won't affect that donation.

He says there are a bunch of people and bands working on fundraisers to help pay for the property and damage, if necessary.

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