"Thriller" jacket among items stolen from downtown dance studio

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
October 9, 2018 - 4:23pm

A local dance studio is hoping for the return of stolen items that are to be used during an upcoming fundraising event.

At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, Red Deer RCMP received a report of a break-in that had been discovered at Pound It Hip Hop Studio located at 5809 51 Avenue.

The break-in happened sometime overnight with suspects stealing large electronics including computers, speakers and a mixer board.

Also stolen was a replica “Thriller” jacket identical to the one worn by Michael Jackson in his famous music video from 1983. DJ Rico with Pound It Hip Hop Studio says they are offering a $2000 reward for its return.

The stolen items are needed for the “This Is Thriller” charity event on October 27 at the Sheraton Red Deer in support of the Friends of Red Deer Regional Hospital and the Pound It Hip Hop Dancers’ Association.

“All the audio and lighting equipment was also being donated to the show by Pound It. Without this donation (it) will all have to be rented, taking away from the charities we are supporting,” Rico tells rdnewsNOW.

A witness reported seeing a Ford F350 truck parked outside the business around 4 a.m. on Sunday. RCMP have yet to confirm whether the truck is connected to the break-in.

Anyone with information on the break-in or the stolen items is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

The full list of stolen items includes:

- 1 Macky Thump Bass Subwoofer - slightly marked from transporting

- 2 like new Behringer 1200 watt speakers with stands

- 1 Apple Mac Desktop with a race car mouse

- 1 Pioneer DDJ SX Mixer - Pearl White in color

- 1 Red Custom made Michael Jackson Thriller Leather Jacket- size small

- Several “Pound It Hip Hop” hoodies and t-shirts

- 1 Ronin M Camera stabilization system

- 4 Chauvet Moving Heads DJ Lights.

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