Wednesday, Mar 13 2013 03:46 PM

Stars Theatre suffers loss after tools were stolen from workshop

BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer

Thieves broke into a building Stars Theatre rents in Oildale last weekend and stole tools valued at about $3,000, said Greg Mansi, the theater's set designer.

"They hit me twice," he said. "The first time was Friday night, then they came back last night (Sunday) and took the rest."

He reported the theft to the Sheriff's Office, which took a report and said it would investigate.

Mansi uses the building as a workshop for building sets for Stars' productions. He said having an offsite place to work makes it possible to build sets for another show while the current one is being performed.

"In terms of tragedies, it's more of inconvenience than anything," he said. "Especially with everything that's going on in the world now."

About one-third of the tools stolen were purchased by Stars for Mansi's use.

The remainder were his personal tools, which he estimates are worth about $2,000.

On Tuesday, Stars Theatre posted a list of items on its Facebook page that need to be replaced. Those include: Craftsman ratchet set, 18-volt Craftsman power driver, Craftsman screwdrivers, Robinson hand power tool set, tool containers with drawers, shrink wrap gun, Ryobi 10-inch table saw, 120 PSI air compressor with hose, electronic stud finder, Craftsman drill and driver bits, extension cords, small and large nail guns, glue guns, plastic sheeting and paint rollers.

To help, contact Sean Green at the theater office, 325-6100.

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