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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after they say thousands in lighting cables were stolen from the set of “Sleepy Hollow” near Screen Gems Studios.

They say the crime was reported yesterday just after 10 a.m. Police say they believe the rubber-coated cables were stolen from the series’ set at 1223 N. 23rd Street between the hours of 11:00 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Screen Gems Studios spokesperson Susan Dosier says the “Sleepy Hollow” set is on a property adjacent to their studios, which she says is owned by a paper company. She says “Sleepy Hollow” rented out a set right beside their property for filming, but since it isn’t owned by Screen Gems Studios, it is not under their security watch.

Police say about 800 feet of cable, weighing around 1,000 lbs., was stolen from the set. Wilmington Police are investigating they crime, but say there were no signs of forced entry, and there is no surveillance set up on that set’s grounds.

Dosier says there have been no larcenies or thefts reported at Screen Gems Studios in over 10 years. She says “Sleepy Hollow” is still assessing how much the stolen lighting cables are worth.

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12 Comments on "UPDATE: Thousands worth of lighting cables stolen from ‘Sleepy Hollow’ set"

2015 years 10 months ago

Screen Gems has guards and security systems in place. This theft did not happen on studio property, as was clearly stated in the news story. The film incentives don’t “pay” the productions, they give a tax break on money spent in NC. This is very different than paying a business to open in NC, as the state has done multiple times. Those businesses get major tax cuts in addition to “incentive” or “infrastructure” money. The film productions get back a portion of the taxes they would otherwise have to pay.

2015 years 10 months ago

…if someone leaves something on thier own property and it isn’t tied down with lock and key, it’s OK for someone to come along and steal it? That’s absolutely ludacris and along the very mentality that criminals have and where society is going! My property is my property. The property that is “in or on” my property is my property and simply because a thief wants to come along and steal it does not provide him a “right or duty” to do so.

You’ve stated the same arguments that gun owners should carry “liability insurance” in the case that a thief breaks into a gun owners home a steals his weapons and shoots someone. Ludacris once again!

Prudent judgement and protection of your valuables are important, but there is NEVER, EVER a viable excuse for plain out THEFT of anyone’s property in ANY case! If it isn’t yours, don’t touch it unless instructed specifically to do so!

2015 years 10 months ago

read his post. he clearly stated this had nothing to do with film incentives or tax rebates.

2015 years 10 months ago

“Screen Gems has guards and security systems in place”, but not on the set where they left all of that valuable equipment. So, that would mean that they did not have “guards and security systems in place”.

The business about the tax incentives: That was just me being sarcastic concerning their cavalier attitude concerning security when I first posted the tax incentive comment.

Dude, this is not exactly rocket science.

2015 years 10 months ago

my first thought was that you are/were right, however other media outlets are saying NO forced entry.
If I leave my doors unlocked and someone walks in and steals from me – thats shame on me………sure it criminal but I am still the responsible person that is supposed to protect my own property. A facility the size of Screen Gems needs at least a passive security system if not actual guards to protect the assets within the building or on the grounds.
This has nothing to do with the incentives…….


nc tax payer
2015 years 10 months ago

you so right,,

2015 years 10 months ago

$14,000 worth of production material just lying around where apparently anyone can steal it and no surveillance on the studio grounds? That’s just dumb.

Perhaps NC’s film incentive program is overpaying the film industry if they are this comfortable with not even protecting their own valuable equipment.

2015 years 10 months ago

Of course everyone here has all the facts. No one would ever post such ignorance without knowing exactly what happened.

2015 years 10 months ago

Perhaps you should refrain from jumping to conclusions about a whole industry without knowing exactly what happened.

2015 years 10 months ago

Yea thousands of dollars of screen gems equipment sitting on screen gems property, clearly this is their fault… You people are idiots. Some low life took something that didn’t belong to him/her, bottom line.

2015 years 10 months ago

Just alert all of the scrap dealers in the area. Offer a $2000 reward to whichever one turns them in when they show up. You know that’s where they’re going.

2015 years 10 months ago

is a far cry from the 18 feet originally reported. Still…that’s a lot of wire. Hope the folks at Screen Gems call the businesses that recycle in the area.


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