The thieves entered sometime between 7 pm Monday and "early" on Tuesday morning. They broke through the big glass doors at the top of the stairs on the second-floor landing. They took somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000 from cash registers, along with the safe. They also stole Executive Director Charles Tappa's laptop computer and a donations box. They did not take any alcohol, or a computer and printer that were in plain sight. And they didn't get up to ella's.
Most important: The credit card batch reports from June 25-July 7 were stolen. What that means: If you used a credit card at CenterStage during those two weeks, monitor your credit card report carefully. No need to change card numbers _yet_ -- but watch it closely, because that information has been compromised.
A police investigation is ongoing. This weekend's "indoor garage sale" will still go on -- now more needed than ever -- along with Independent Movie Night tonight and the "Wacky David Ives" shows this Thursday and Friday.
Director of Development and Marketing Connie Sagona adds that, while CenterStage staff members were understandably shocked and upset, they also immediately set about some crime-solving activity. "We watch entirely too much *CSI* around here," she says. "The cutest part was when Tim [Behrens] was down on his knees with a flashlight."