Western Leader : January 17th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Does your business have a website? slide show map profile contact details www.roomoutsidelandscapes.co.nz Phone 09 837 0340 We can help you design a webpage. To find out HOW contact us NOW. If not you are missing out on Potential Customers of customers research online before making a purchase* *Source MYOB Study 2010-2011 66% Mixed feelings: From left: Sven Horstmann, Ali Aljamal, Wendy Preston, Fardowsa Mohammed and Fathe Tesfamariam of youth arts project Mixit are disappointed their sound and video equipment was stolen after they had locked the shed up for the night. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Thief lies in wait By NICOLA MURPHY YOUNG performers rehears- ing at the Corban Estate Arts Centre make sure they shut all the doors and check the locks before they leave. But little did they know the thief who would steal $5000 worth of equipment overnight on January 11 was already hiding inside. The sound system, a mixing board and a video camera containing footage from the first three days of rehearsals were taken from the Henderson venue when they returned on Thursday morning. The group from the Mixit youth arts project was putting the finishing touches on Feel the Mix, a promenade theatre show held on Saturday featuring dancing, drama and aerial work with a cast that included 30 refugees, migrants and local residents. The group left at 6.30pm on Wednesday and a security guard came by to check the building at about 7pm. The guard found a door open and called the venue manager. The pair went around the shed ensuring all the doors were locked and left again. The guard returned three hours later to find a different door open and all the equip- ment gone. Director Wendy Preston says they locked the gear, including a sound system and video equipment, in a more secure venue on the site after the first two days of rehearsals. But Wednesday was our most tiring day so we just left it in the shed and locked up, she says. In hindsight we should have taken it somewhere else. She says it s believed the culprit was hiding inside before the group left because there was no sign of a break- in.All Mixit participants were accounted for as transport is provided to take them home straight after rehearsals. Ms Preston says that makes everyone very uneasy. It makes us so much more suspicious now of anyone who pokes their head in the door which is a shame because some people will just be interested in what we re doing. A participant s house was burgled that same night while he and his parents were home -- adding to the group s disappointment. Sven Horstmann, 16, is scared and shocked to know he was upstairs and awake while thieves broke into his Henderson Valley home. His parents were asleep in their room next to the living room when the burglar broke in through a side door and stole the television, remotes and credit cards. But the show must go on. Ms Preston immediately went out and hired more equipment for the days remaining at a cost of $650, a significant sum for a non- profit organisation. It did put a dampener on things, she says. But the show was abso- lutely amazing, we had a huge turnout and we managed to pull it all together. Henderson police burglary squad sergeant John Allen says people should always be careful when rehearsing or spending time on public sites like Corbans. Always check the place thoroughly before locking and leaving it.
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