Crime & Courts

Man arrested, charged in Blue Man Group theft case

A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the theft of costumes and props belonging to the Blue Man Group while the performers were in Wichita last month.
A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the theft of costumes and props belonging to the Blue Man Group while the performers were in Wichita last month. File photo

A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the theft of costumes and props belonging to the Blue Man Group while the performers were in Wichita last month.

Records show that Freddy Gonzalez-Gonzalez was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Tuesday and charged Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court, Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said.

Gonzalez-Gonzalez has been charged with one count each of aggravated burglary and felony theft in the case, Woodrow said. He is accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of property belonging to the Blue Man Group.

The stolen items included a towel and several outfits, police said last month. The theft was discovered at about noon on April 27 at Century II, 225 W. Douglas. The Blue Man Group was in town for two nights of shows.

A review of security camera footage showed the suspect followed a Century II worker through an employee entrance and then walked around Century II for about two hours, police have said.

The suspect eventually gained access to where the Blue Man Group’s costumes were, loaded up a laundry basket and walked out. Evidence suggested the crime was one of opportunity and not that the Blue Man Group was targeted, police said.

A photo of the suspect walking out with the stolen property in a basket “was instrumental in finding the suspect,” Woodrow said Friday.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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