Revue's stolen van is recovered in D.C.

June 06, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,Sun Reporter

A tour van - packed with costumes for an all-male revue- that was stolen last weekend from outside an Annapolis music venue has been recovered in Washington, police said.

But the performers were still trying to figure out late yesterday whether their props had been found, due to lack of resources at the Annapolis Police Department.

The van, a rental, was parked outside Rams Head OnStage on West Street after two sold-out performances by the Las Vegas-based "Thunder From Down Under" touring show last Friday night. It disappeared Saturday, leading the Aussie performers to fan out into the night to find it.

Officer Hal Dalton, a spokesman for the Annapolis police, said the vehicle was found abandoned about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 4500 block of Eads Place in Northeast Washington.

It was unclear whether the custom-made costumes - outfits for cowboy, pirate and Spartan-themed performances - props and other merchandise, such as calendars, were still inside.

Though a producer valued the materials at $50,000, Dalton said that Annapolis police would not be investigating the incident further because of staffing problems and the distance between the city and where the vehicle was found. The van was being held in Washington.

That left it up to the group to pick up the van and determine whether the items were missing. Dalton said "Thunder" staff members were not able to track down the van before catching a plane from Philadelphia to Las Vegas.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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