GLENDALE, Ariz. – A theater in the north Valley that’s been serving kids and teens for years is picking up the pieces Sunday after a burglary. It’s the third time this year the theater has been hit.
Spotlight Youth Theatre, a nonprofit that relies only on ticket sales and donations, is determined to raise the curtains on another production this weekend.
They’re wrapping up costume details, putting finishing touches on the set and prepping for their moment in the spotlight.
But when the show begins in just a few days, the actors will also be wrestling with bitter feelings.
“It’s not very fun to hear something you love has been violated,” said Phoenix Cyphert, one of the teenage actors.
After the second burglary this year, parents donated money to Spotlight Youth Theatre to buy security cameras. Then came the third burglary early Sunday morning.
The suspect was seen on surveillance video breaking in and rummaging through the box office.
“I thought that it was bad because Spotlight is such a friendly place, and someone just broke in and stole money,” said Ava Newton, a 9-year-old actor.
Phoenix police need your help identifying the suspect.
“Someone who does damage to nonprofit and youth organizations really needs to be taken care of. I’d like him to be caught,” said Caprice Amerine, the vice president of the Spotlight Youth Theatre Board.
Police are attempting to use the images from the surveillance video to make a possible match with their database of suspects.