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Oregon Shakespeare Festival gets stolen costumes back

Anonymous tip reveals $5,000 in returned items
 Posted: 12:30 PM January 29, 2009

About $5,000 worth of one-of-a-kind costumes stolen from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland were returned anonymously Wednesday evening.

The festival box office received a phone call at about 5 p.m. that the costumes could be found in the first floor of the New Theatre parking garage.

They checked out the anonymous tip and "there they were, lo and behold," said Amy Richard, OSF spokeswoman. Included were several other items the festival hadn't yet realized were stolen.

Ashland police said in a press release the items were valued at about $5,000.

The thieves apparently entered through a window and stole the items sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, festival officials said. Included were jackets and hats from "Macbeth" and "Music Man," shows set to open in just a few weeks.

"It is possible that the window was not locked," Richard said, adding that conversations about tighter security are under way at the festival.

No further investigation into who took the items will be pursued by OSF, according to Richard.

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