Historic California Community Theatre Robbed and Vandalized

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The Bakersfield Community Theatre was broken into and the building ransacked over the weekend. Thieves left with the theatre's sound board, light board, computer and speakers, according to a May 16 posting on the BCT Facebook page.

"Everything is ripped open and thrown about," according to the Facebook post. "There are four exterior building doors that are broken, and the chain on the fence was cut."

According to the Bakersfield Californian online, the incident marks the fourth time that the theatre has been broken into since November 2014. The thieves reportedly trashed the kitchen and ate everything from the concession stand as well as threw costumes on the ground.

BCT's publicity and marketing director Janice French told the news source that a neighbor had alerted members of the theatre company's board of directors to the problem, and when they arrived they found the theatre ransacked.

"I was angry. The more we walked through the more damage we saw -- by the time we made it up to the sound and light booth myself and another board member were crying. It was just too much," French told the Bakersfield Californian.

BCT is California's oldest continuous community theatre. For more information visit BCT.

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