WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Blue Man Group is singing the blues over the theft of some property while the performers were in Wichita this week.
Wichita police say between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, an unknown male suspect gained access to the area where the group’s costumes were being stored at Century II. Several outfits valued at more than $1,000 were taken.
“He picked up a laundry basket and that’s where he gained access to where the Blue Man Group had their costumes at. Grabbed several costumes and then left the building,” stated Sgt. Nikki Woodrow, Public Information Officer with Wichita Police.
A photo released by the Wichita Police Dept. on social media shows a man walking in what appears to be a hallway carrying a laundry basket containing items taken during the theft.
“We’ve reviewed our security plan, and we’re in the process of continuing. We’re working with Wichita Police to put in even more. We just put in place some additional security that we’re doing as we speak,” explained John D’Angelo Director of Arts and Cultural Services at Century II.
The suspect, who has not been identified, is described as being about 5’11” tall with a slender build.
Police ask anyone with any information on the identity of the suspect to contact the department’s Larceny Section at 268-4136, or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and could lead to a reward if a suspect is arrested.
The Blue Man Group spokesperson released this statement to KSN’s Avery Anderson Thursday stating that the incident did not taint the performer’s time in Wichita:
“We did have a few of our props and costumes vandalized and/or stolen while in the venue, but it was a very minor event. It in no way dampened our enthusiasm for performing for the incredible crowds in Wichita. We had a great time there and we look forward to playing there again soon.”
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