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Boy Scout summer camp trip in jeopardy after Caz Limo closure: Your Stories

Dozens of customers were left stranded when Caz Limo and Tours suddenly closed without warning in February.
East Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Dozens of customers were left stranded when Caz Limo and Tours suddenly closed without warning in February.

Many people are still waiting to get their deposit money back 10 weeks later, including a local troop of Boy Scouts.

Now, the scouts are scrambling to raise enough cash for a new ride to summer camp in Rhode Island.

"I have been trying to call. We haven't gotten any phone calls back. I mean nobody answers," said Troop 157 Fundraising Chair Ellie Childs. "I mean it puts us $500 in the hole now."

In February, Caz Limo customers found a note on the door explaining that a "financial situation" had forced the company to cancel reservations immediately.

At the time Childs was hopeful the troop's deposit would be returned before they had to reserve a new bus. But, there is no sign of the company at the office they used to occupy in East Syracuse.

A man who said he manages the property told NewsChannel 9 that the workers are gone and equipment in the yard is expected to be removed in the next couple of days.

NewsChannel 9 found a phone number believed to belong to the company's president, but the woman who answered hung up after saying she's out of town and has no comment.

"I just think it is outrageous that they would do that. I mean I'd think that they would at least return the money first or notify us," said Boy Scout Dante Desimone. "We're going to have to do what we can in the time that we have."

Time is ticking for the troop. Birnie Bus Service offered to help Caz Limo's customers for the same price. But, the scouts need to make a down payment this week. They haven't raised enough cash yet to cover the cost.

"A lot of the parents, we can't afford to send our kids to camp. I mean, so we do it in fundraising,” said Boy Scout parent Francis Deuel. “It is a lot of work and now this is a lot more money that we're going to have to figure out how to come up with in a short period of time."

To help make up for their losses, Boy Scout Troop 157 has scheduled an extra car wash fundraiser at Thee Diner in Cicero on June 1st from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

"These boys work very hard. Summer camp is very big for them,” Childs said. “We have a bus of 55 people going and there are a lot of boys who need the financial help going there."

Donations to the boys can be sent to:
Boy Scout Troop 157
7929 John Huss Ave.
Bridgeport, NY 13030

Caz Limo customers still waiting to get their money back can file complaints with the Syracuse branch of the New York State Attorney General's Office. Click here for a link to their website.

You can find the complaint form here.

Customers who cannot file online can call (315) 448-4848.

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