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Missing June Jam Golf Carts Returned, DSP Searches For Suspects

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HOUSTON, Del. - The four missing carts from the 35th annual June Jam are now back where they're supposed to be at the Golf Cart Sales and Service Shop in Goldsboro, Md.

"We've been getting information since the broadcast that people that know these people," said Norman Dempsey, G & R Campground Director. "Apparently, pressure has been put on them."

Event organizers say the first cart was stolen Saturday night. Surveillance video captured after June Jam festivities shows one of the brazen thieves rolling away with another cart on Sunday evening. Apparently, two more were stolen overnight. June Jam organizers say one was recovered on Sunday two-miles away, while the other one was found in a corn field, reportedly in worse shape.

The two remaining carts were dumped at a house just a block away from the campgrounds late Wednesday night.

"They pulled up in my yard with the golf cart, one of them pulled over in the yard across the street," said Danielle Hughes. "When they heard my voice, I think that's when they panicked."

"The suspects fled, leaving behind the golf carts on Hughes' lawn.  She says she went on Facebook and posted a status asking about the carts.  Minutes later, she found out they were stolen from the G & R Campground.

"With the help of people on Facebook and June Jam community and [the Houston] community, we've been able to zero in on the perpetrators," said Bob Hartley.

Now that all the missing carts are back, Hartley, the founder of June Jam, says the damage to this annual music event is now manageable.

"June Jam is here to stay," said Hartley.

The rental company is currently assessing the damages. Tracy Williams of Golf Cart Sales and Services says one of the carts needs major work to the front tires and foot rest. With the return of the three missing carts, it won't cost June Jam nearly as much money as they first thought, according to Williams.

"It's our position that the person that rents the carts they agreement is the tenet is responsible for the carts while in their possession," said Williams. "However, we're going to work with everyone."

Williams says the company's policy will be stricter, moving forward, to secure each cart and they will not let this past weekend's incident damage their working relationship with June Jam in the coming years.

We spoke with Delaware State Troopers throughout the day about the possibility of an arrest. According to Corporal Gary Fournier, the investigation is still ongoing.

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