Band on Tour Has Van, Gear Stolen in Cayce

Cayce, SC (WLTX) -- A group on a national tour had their equipment stolen while staying at a hotel in Cayce.

Police say it happened early Saturday morning, and after the group says they had just played a show at the New Brookland Tavern only a short distance away from the Riverside Inn where they stayed.

Jamin Marshall, a member of the band "Larry and His Flask," said he was most likely the last of the five member band to fall asleep at about 2:30 a.m. When they woke up hours later, the Ford E350 and the attached trailer carrying their musical equipment and personal items was gone.

"I woke up to our tour manager leaning (into the room) being like 'our van is gone,'" Marshall said.

An incident report from Cayce Public Safety estimates the cost of everything stolen to be close to $24,000.

Marshall said he was sleeping in a room that was just a short way from where they parked their van and trailer.

"We didn't hear anything," Marshall said.

"We had all of our stuff, all of our musical equipment, stuff that we've been accumulating over years and years, kind of buying for ourselves, really expensive equipment; some of it custom made," said Ian Cook, another member of the band.

The group is in the midst of a national tour, had played the show, and checked into the Riverside Inn near midnight, Marshall said.

Hotel surveillance shows the van and trailer being driven away, but News19 was not allowed access to the video. The band, however, has seen it.

"Sometime around 4 a.m. they saw the van come out the exit and take a right and head on down the street," Cook said.

The report says whomever took the van and trailer made a right onto Knox Abbott Drive headed to Huger Street. The report lists the total value of the instruments stolen at about $24,000.

The band says what was really taken is priceless.

"It's everything that we are as a band," Cook said. "This is what we chose to do with our lives. It's almost the equivalent of being fired from your job because now we just can't do it."

"We just want it back," Marshall said. "We don't want revenge, we just want it back. A lot of it's banged up, it's not very good looking instruments, but it's all we have."

As of Sunday afternoon, the van had since been recovered, and the band said they were making their way down to Florida, where they're hoping to continue their tour, but they'll have to do it without instruments.

They are hoping to borrow instruments from fans and another group they are touring with.

You can get more information on the group here.

If you have any information that can help, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime SC.


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