Harrisburg band trailer

The Harrisburg High School band trailer was found days after it was stolen in Pope County near the intersection of the Eddyville Blacktop and Illinois 146. It was empty of the $10,000 to $15,000 worth of handmade theater props it had contained.

More information has been released about the recently-stolen Harrisburg High School band trailer.

Harrisburg Police Chief David Morris said the van, which was found Thursday after it had gone missing, could have been stolen as early in the week as Tuesday evening — he said initially investigators thought it was taken Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Morris said the trailer was found empty in Pope County around the intersection of the Eddyville Blacktop and Illinois 146.

The trailer contained about $10,000 to $15,000 in handmade props, Morris said, for the band’s invitational trip to the Illinois High School Theater Festival at Illinois State University in Normal beginning Jan. 11.

The props were from the high school’s production of “Seussical the Musical.”

“It’s something that should stick out,” Morris said of the items.

There is a bright spot, though. Morris said Dianne Hardy, the Carlinville repertory theater president, commented on his Facebook post regarding the trailer theft, saying that her program also did “Seussical” and would be happy to loan set pieces for the competition.

Morris said he has investigators gathering video surveillance tape from businesses along Illinois 145 to Eddyville, the route it is suspected the perpetrators took. Morris said it is believed the trailer may have been used to steal other items, however, he said Pope County officials are handling that investigation.

Morris said investigators do have persons of interest in the case and that they are interviewing several individuals who were involved in the Harrisburg High School’s recent remodel.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Harrisburg Police Department at 618-252-8661.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Jackson County.

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