DenverMind Media to Robber: "Just Give Back the Flute"
From left: Deb Flomberg, playwright Terry Dodd and Mel Aman.
Late on the evening of July 14, someone broke into the office of northside marketing agency DenverMind Media and stole everything they could get their hands on: cameras, hard drives, laptops and, worst of all, a flute owned by DenverMind freelancer Deb Flomberg, who also owns the Equinox Theatre (whose production of Bonnie & Clyde opens tonight), that had belonged to her father, now deceased. "The fucker had the audacity to go into our fridge, open a bottle of wine, drink half the bottle and leave it on the desk," says Mel Aman, DenverMind owner/self-designated "Queen Bee, Office of Morale and Amusement.
"The potted flower on our stoop was also stolen," she adds. "Seriously? A plant?"
Audacity notwithstanding, the case has some leads: a Denver Police Department detective ran the bottle for possible fingerprints,and, in a stranger turn of events, the firm was contacted on Facebook by a woman who said her friend had purchased one of the stolen laptops at a flea market. Through an increasingly bizarre correspondence, Aman has come to believe that "friend" was actually the thief himself. "After digging on Facebook, we believe we found this asshat," says Aman.
Aman thinks the woman who contacted DenverMind is trying to get the thief to do the right thing, and the DPD is on the case. In the meantime, DenverMind penned this last-ditch peace offering in the form of an open letter:
"Apparently the police are in the know about this dude," says Aman, "as he was arrested and let out on bail the day after our break-in, just a few blocks from our office. We’re hoping with enough exposure to this, our stuff will be returned to us — or, at the very least, be an alert out to the neighborhood to keep a sharper eye out for each other."
Here's hoping the same.
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