Cables from Indiana stage rigging collapse stolen

Associated Press Modified: July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm •  Published: July 13, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Steel cables that were part of the stage rigging structure that collapsed and killed seven people at last year's Indiana State Fair were stolen last weekend from a warehouse where the wreckage from the collapse is being stored under a court order, state police said.

The theft from an Indianapolis warehouse was discovered Monday, State Police Capt. Dave Bursten said Friday. He said investigators believe the thieves weren't targeting the stage wreckage, but were instead searching for metals to sell and spotted the coiled cables after stripping the warehouse of its electrical wiring, leaving it without power.

"They broke in for the purpose of stripping the electrical wiring from the facility and then while they were there, criminals being criminals, it was 'Oh, there's something else we can steal,'" Bursten said.

He said it appears that the thieves "circumvented" the building's security system.

The warehouse is being leased by the Indiana State Fair Commission.

The wreckage was moved to the warehouse months after high winds ahead of a severe thunderstorm toppled stage rigging on Aug. 13, 2011, onto fans and others awaiting the start of a concert by country duo Sugarland. Seven people were killed and about 60 were injured.

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