Movie company takes temporary $300,000 loss

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By Patrick Yost

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The movie industry took a brief, $300,000 hit in Madison recently after a truck and trailer full of filming gear was stolen from the parking lot of a local motel.

According to Madison Police Department reports, an employee with Fidelity Cinesound, L.L.C. told officers that on August 8 when the company was in town filming “The Originals” someone removed a 2016 Ford truck and a silver 24 foot trailer full of filming equipment from the parking lot of the Quality Inn, Eatonton Road.

Reports state that video surveillance showed a dark colored pickup truck pulled into the Quality Inn parking lot and soon after the same truck and the followed the stolen vehicles out of the parking lot. The theft occurred around 3 a.m., reports state.

Reports estimated that the equipment was worth approximately $300,000 and the truck was valued at $76,000.

According to Sgt. Scott Pitocchelli, the trailer was located two days later on August 10 in an apartment complex in DeKalb County. Sgt. Pitocchelli said the truck’s owner had a cell phone in one of the vehicles that had a tracking device installed. Sgt. Pitocchelli said he and Det. Wes Thompson travelled to the apartment complex and located the trailer. Most of the equipment, Pitocchelli said, appeared to still be in the trailer.

“It still had a lot of equipment inside,” he said.

The truck has not been located.

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