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June Jam Could End After Stolen Golf Carts, $24K Damage

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HOUSTON, Del. - Despite a waterlogged weekend, the 35th annual June Jam had a record-breaking turnout, raising $3,000 for two local charities.

But theft put a damper on their success: four golf carts were stolen from the G&R Campground.

"We're always the one helping people and in return, somebody is really taking advantage of that," said Lynn Fowler, June Jam public relations chairperson.

Surveillance video from Sunday evening shows a green car and a golf cart riding off of the campground property. Owner Norman Dempsey says he believes he spoke to the two suspects before and even after the robbery took place.

The suspect reportedly went up to Dempsey saying he lost his wallet before that car and another person left with a golf cart. Then, later on, the same person, Dempsey says, came back. Dempsey says he believes one suspect is in his mid-to-late twenties, standing about five-foot-seven with sandy hair and a medium build.

"Not thinking, [I was very tired], he came back a second time and he says that he lost the number of the info I gave him, could I give it to him again and I told him yes. So I gave it to him and he says, 'is the [portable toilet] still on the other side?' and I said 'yes'.

"He said 'well, I need to use the bathroom.' I said go ahead."

After At that point, Dempsey says is when the remaining carts went missing.

"Why would someone want to destroy a very good event?" Dempsey asked.

The crime scene leads to a farm of Mesibov Road in Houston. The suspects allegedly drove through the corn field causing close to $1,500 worth of damage, according to the owner of the farm. Investigators recovered one of the rentals from the farm.  Photos show extensive damage to the cart and a bottle of Captain Morgan inside.

"All three carts were in perfect condition and to see the pictures of the one they retrieved, it just made me want to throw up," said Karen Sanders, June Jam camping co-chair.

June Jam coordinators say they could owe the rental company up to $24,000.

"If we cant retrieve them, June Jam will cease to exist," said Jay Benton. 

To help recoup the costs, local band 13To1 will donate all proceeds from a Friday night benefit show in Dover.

Delaware State Troopers say they are still actively searching for those two male suspects. If you have any information which could lead to an arrest and recovery of the missing carts, call 302-697-4454 ext. 602.

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