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Concert still on despite theft

June 18, 2013
By MARK LAW - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Thursday's concert at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at Historic Fort Steuben will go on despite thieves who stole about 600 feet of wiring from near the stage early Monday morning.

Judy Bratten, executive director of Historic Fort Steuben, said it appears someone with knowledge of electricity and wiring was responsible for the theft. She said surveillance cameras at the fort showed flashlights near the stage area around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Bratten said the cables actually belong to the city. She said the city's electrician usually removes the cables between the stage and the soundboard at the end of the concert season.

City Police Chief William McCafferty said the stage sits on the bottom of a slope, making it difficult to be seen from the police station across the street or on the city's surveillance cameras. He said the only way the theft could have been detected is by a driver coming across the Market Street Bridge.

"They knew what they were doing. The wires were still hot," Bratten said.

"We don't know why they did it. Why after eight years. This is the only time we had any type of vandalism," Bratten said. "It is a sad situation. The community has been very supportive and respectful of what we have. It is just a little speed bump."

Thursday's concert, contemporary pop night, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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