Movie-goers concerned about break-ins, car theft

Posted at 3:33 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 18:52:17-04

A trip to see the latest thriller is leaving some movie-goers in the middle of a crime investigation.  A recent string of break-ins at a northwest Omaha theater has customers concerned.

May 23rd, three vehicles were broken into at the Majestic Theatres at 144th & W Maple Rd.  Four days later a car was stolen right out of the parking lot.  The break-ins happened before it was even dark.  Hundreds of dollars in goods, electronics, and work tools were stolen in the smash and grabs.

Jeff Grinvalds went to a movie Friday and his father's 1987 Cadillac Deville was gone when he left the theater.
"You're at a movie theater you're going to be there for two hours everybody knows the people are inside and they can't check their vehicles or do anything about it and when you come out it's gone, there's absolutely nothing you can do there's no recourse," Grinvalds explained.

OPD is investigating these thefts.  The police reports indicate that the theater does have surveillance cameras outside the building, but there’s a chance none of the crimes were caught on tape.  

"I would've loved to see a sign; you know we've had some break-ins recently, some sort of warning like keep an eye on your car.  If they knew that then their cameras updated or some sort of security driving around their lot,” Grinvalds described.

Marcus Corporation, the owner of Majestic Theatres in Omaha, released this statement Monday afternoon:  "For 80 years, The Marcus Corporation has been committed to providing an unparalleled entertainment experience that begins with the safety and security of our guests and associates. When we learned about the recent vehicle break ins, we were extremely disappointed. We are cooperating with police on their investigation. In addition, we have increased patrols of the parking lot with our security service, managers and staff and will be reviewing parking lot security protocols going forward."

If you have information on these crimes call the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-7867.