Mixup on TheatreWorks equipment theft

Police are now saying that two police reports were filed in the case of $20,000 worth of sound equipment being stolen from TheatreWorks in early February.

Two large speakers, two small speakers and power cords, all belonging to TheatreWorks, were taken from the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 9 or 10. The crime occurred soon after TheatreWorks finished its last performance of "Twentieth Century" at the MVCPA.

Employees noticed the equipment was missing on Feb. 10, and according to police spokesperson Liz Wylie, two police reports on the crime have been filed -- one at the time and another last week. She said the mixup was leading to some amount of confusion.

"The fact of the matter is that the case was reported on time initially and is being investigated by a detective," Wylie told the Voice in an e-mail on Tuesday. "The new case never should have been reported and is a duplicate."

TheatreWorks managing director Phil Santora said the theater company had been talking to police and to MVCPA employees about the theft since it occurred, and that "it was very clear and open the whole time." He said TheatreWorks was in the process of moving equipment out of the arts center when the crime occurred. Staffers are still trying to replace the equipment.

The case has been sent to the MVPD's Property and Financial Crimes Unit, Wylie said, but she added that it will be a difficult one to solve because so many people have been near the crime scene.

— Casey Weiss


Posted by Randall Flagg, a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Nice to know that the MVPD finds it so difficult to investigate crimes that take place around crowded areas. Maybe that's why they avoid Castro Street on Saturday nights.

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