Stolen Awesome Fest van recovered, movie equipment missing
A van stolen from The Awesome Fest, which stages regular film showings in unconventional locations around the city, was recovered in Northern Liberties on New Year's Day, according to Awesome Fest organizers.
Unfortunately, the vehicle was burglarized and most of the expensive movie screening equipment it contained was stolen.
Awesome Fest founder and artistic director Josh Goldbloom said Tuesday he first noticed the vehicle was missing around 8 a.m. from outside a garage, where it was undergoing repairs. Apparently, the van was actually stolen several days before Goldbloom's realization.
Goldbloom said Wednesday - a day after the theft was publicized through news and social media outlets - he received an early-morning tip that the 1993 Dodge Ram was abandoned on the 800 block of North American Street between Poplar and Brown streets.
A security camera across the street caught the burglary in progress, which occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. The grainy image shows two people who appear to be unloading the film equipment filched from the van.
Goldbloom said prior to the vehicle's recovery that he was in touch with his insurance agent in an attempt to recoup the cost of the stolen equipment, which included a large outdoor movie screen, soundboards, speakers and a high-end projector. He said he had no intentions of stopping the film showings, despite the costly lost.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911, or to submit an anonymous tip by dialing 215-686-TIPS (8477) or texting PPD TIP (773847).