The San Angelo Police Department is investigating a burglary at the Foster Communications Coliseum, 50 E. 43rd St. SAPD Public Information Officer Tracy Gonzalez said officers were dispatched to the coliseum at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday for the report of a burglary.
It’s believed that the crime occurred between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the last Civic Events employee left the property and 8 a.m. Wednesday when employees arrived for work.
“Some of the Civic Event staff arrived at work this morning and discovered that the building had been burglarized.” Gonzalez said. “Our officers made entry and began to do a walk through and clear the building before employees were allowed back in.”
There was no one found in the building by officers. When employees came back in, they did a walk through with police.
At this time, it is unknown how many people broke into the coliseum. Gonzalez said entry was gained by forcing their way into a south side concession stand door.
“Once they gained access to that concession stand, they forced their way out through one of the windows and that gave them access to the interior.” she said.
The burglar(s) gained access to every concession stand in the coliseum, but at this time, Gonzalez said it does not appear anything was taken from the concession stands.
“They were probably looking for money and didn’t find it.” she said.
A small office area was broken into by breaking through a small window. Several power tools including ratchet sets, power wrenches and pneumatic tools were stolen from that office. Gonzalez said at this time, a full inventory of the property will probably take a few days.
“Whoever went inside, they went everywhere. It’s going to take several days for them to really complete a thorough of the sub-areas within the venue.”
It’s unknown if there is an alarm system at the coliseum, Gonzalez said the burglary was discovered by the employees. There was no vandalism immediately discovered by police or employees, but there were pry marks when they forced their way into certain areas.
There was an ATM on the property was moved, but no access was gained into the machine.
Gonzalez said there was evidence being collected at the scene police feel is important to the case. CSI teams were on scene processing evidence.
The burglar(s) attempted to gain access into the main ticket office (Coliseum box office) but did not gain entry.
Gonzalez said citizens who may have information about the burglary or suspect(s) can call Crime Stoppers of San Angelo at 325-653-HELP and leave an anonymous tip. Tips can also be made via text through the SAPD’s Nixle account.