The Show Must Go On!

By: Dave Benton Email
By: Dave Benton Email

The show must go on – even when copper thieves strip a local theatre of its equipment.

Huntington Outdoor Theatre is trying to replace 12 thousand dollars worth of materials they'll need for opening night. The cast of Oklahoma! is putting on the finishing touches before next month’s opening night. But the show hit a snag when copper vandals stole equipment needed for the production.

Back in March, ladders, lights, tools and toolboxes were stolen from the group. But this time, the crime spree didn't stop there….the thieves took cabling.

The non-profit group relies on donations and expensive equipment to produce musicals each year for children and adults.

Copper theft has become such a problem in West Virginia that Governor Joe Manchin announced earlier this week that some kind of law still needs to be passed to prevent copper thieves from being able to cash in on what they steal.

The governor says he'd like to see legislation passed that would force salvage yards to show the state receipts from whom they bought the copper.


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