Veazie man charged in backstage theft during musical

Posted March 29, 2012, at 10:25 a.m.
Last modified March 29, 2012, at 8:48 p.m.
Robert Coulombe
Bangor Police Department
Robert Coulombe

BANGOR, Maine — A video surveillance image released on Tuesday of a man who went backstage at Peakes Auditorium on Sunday and rummaged through the belongings of the performers on stage led police to a Veazie man, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

Robert Coulombe, 57, was charged with theft on Wednesday after he was interviewed by Sgt. Brad Johnston and Officer Brandon Vafiades, who are members of the department’s Special Enforcement Team.

“Coulombe agreed to meet the officers at the Bangor Police Department when he complained that several friends and family members pestered him as to why he was on television and in the newspaper,” Edwards said in a press release.

The thefts occurred during Sunday’s performance of “Music from the Movies,” the Rotary Club of Bangor’s seventh annual Music Off Broadway show, which this year will benefit the Charlotte White Center, the Hammond Street Senior Center, the Phillips-Strickland House, Camp Jordan and the Gifts of Music.

The thefts were discovered at around 4 p.m. Sunday when two actresses stepped into the changing room and caught the man going through everyone’s belongings, Edwards said.

“When the man saw them, he took off running through an emergency exit, which sounded an alarm, and ran toward the back of WZON radio station,” Edwards said.

The area around Bangor High School was searched and no one was found.

Money was taken, according to one of the performers, who reported this week that he and others in the Rotary production reached into their own pockets to replace the stolen funds.

After Coulombe was charged with theft, he was taken to a local emergency room at his request for an unrelated medical problem, Edwards said.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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