POSTED: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 5:05am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 3:49pm
The Marshall News Messenger reports more than $50,000 in city equipment was discovered missing Tuesday from the old SWEPCO building, owned and used by the city as storage for Wonderland of Lights and Main Street in Marshall.
Among items taken were the mixing boards, amplifiers, stage monitors, microphones, mic stands and all the cables and connections. Other items taken included parts of the Main Street outdoor movie equipment and connecting wires for large Wonderland of Lights displays, Bo Ellis, Main Street Director said.
Johnson added that the theft will impact more than just the city and included those who borrowed the equipment to “people who enjoy Wonderland of Lights” among victims and that it was “a very selfish act on the part of the people who did it.”
Custom wiring stolen from the building was stored for the season and used to power the over-sized light displays for Wonderland of Lights. Ellis suggested that the cables and wires were taken for their copper value.
“Clarence Madewell put in many hours of volunteer work to build those connectors,” said Ellis. “You couldn’t just go down to the store and purchase what they took.”
“The theft of the sound equipment and movie equipment affects a lot of people and organizations,” said Ellis. “It was one of our assets to offer that equipment for free to be used, and we do not have the means to replace it.”
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