Kayaks stolen from Port Charlotte YMCA
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The YMCA in Port Charlotte says six kayaks and a fourteen-foot canoe were stolen from the camp over the holiday weekend.
Port Charlottee Deputies say that the seven vessels would cost the camp an estimated $2,144 to replace.
Camp organizers say the mood at the camp has gone sour since the boats disappeared.
"It's a different dynamic today from normal days," said Tania Klempner, the director of the summer camp, "Today, they're kinda dragging, there's a lull."
Young campers at the YMCA are upset that the kayaks are gone.
"Whoever took them, that was the wrong choice to do," said one six-year-old camper.
Klempner says her employees noticed that the kayaks were gone early Monday morning.
"Kayaks were missing, the canoe was missing, the bin of sand toys had been removed from the kayak," said Klempner.
Deputies say four kayaks and the canoe were stolen from a rack by the beach and another two of the camps' best kayaks were stolen from the shed. Deputies say the burglars cut a lock to break in.
Now the CEO of the local YMCA is worried about how much the burglars know about the ins and outs of the camp.
"This was an operation that was well orchestrated," said Randy Dunn, CEO Charlotte County Family YMCA.
Meanwhile, camp organizers are trying to keep morale up while explaining why someone would do this to kids, who are just looking to have a good time.
"It's not fair, they don't understand," said Klempner, "They're kids."
"They should have asked to borrow them and not steal them," said another camper.
Camp organizers are offering a $500 reward for anyone that has information as to where those seven vessels are.
Deputies are also searching for clues. If you have any information call crime stoppers at (239) 477 - 1407.