Thief steals Oakmont drama program money

Students need to raise $3,000 to save upcoming show
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Oakmont High School's drama program is on a mission to raise about $3,000 to make up for money that was stolen Saturday evening when a burglar broke into the drama teacher's office.

The students need the money for their upcoming show, "Little Shop of Horrors," which opens April 19.

"We were relying on that money as the basis for our spring musical and since it is gone now, we don't have enough money to put the show on," said senior Ryan Murphy. "We were faced with the dilemma of either having to cancel our musical, which we have been working on since Jan. 10, and for many of us is the most exciting event of our school year, or we could agree as a class to raise the money."

They decided to rally together and save their show.

The students had originally earned $3,000 through their last production, "The Language Archive," which Murphy directed. He said the money was stolen between 5 and 7 p.m.

"Whoever it was knew exactly where the money was and broke through two glass windows to get to it," Murphy said.

He said drama teacher Samantha Howard planned to deposit the cash the following Monday.

To donate, visit the school's online student store at or make a check payable to OHS Drama and mail or drop off at Oakmont High School, 1710 Cirby Way, Roseville, CA 95661. Call the school at (916) 782-3781.

Roseville Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for burglarizing the school. There are no known suspects, according to a news release by Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department.

To submit a tip, call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916) 783- 7867 or submit information online at Texters can text a tip to "CRIMES" (274637), and start with the word "ROSEVILLE." 

Tipsters can remain anonymous and could qualify for a cash reward if the information provided leads to an arrest.

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