Thief swipes thousands from cancer research fundraiser

An Indianapolis dance studio is out about $3,000 after a thief made off with donations for a fundraiser.

Workers at The Curtain Call Dance Center said someone came into the building Saturday night and swiped several gift cards and certificates. The items were mostly donated and were being used in a silent auction to raise money for The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

Parents and workers stayed at the studio well after the final performance trying to track down the items, but when they couldn’t find anything they called the police and filed a report.

“The feeling was just sadness. You couldn’t believe would that someone did that,” Andra Ignas said.

The dance center raises roughly $15,000 every year through their silent auction, which spans four performances over two nights.

They were on track for another big year when the thief struck.

“We were setting up for our third show and in a matter of about two minutes, somebody came in and took everything,” Ignas said.

“It’s not okay. It’s really wrong and I don’t see how someone could do that without feeling bad or stopping themselves,” said Mya Doyle, who dances at the studio.

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