Dean-O-Holics bandleader Bob Caudle wasn’t feeling the love last week after thieves made off with half of his sound equipment following an “Amore at the LOVE Building” fundraiser.
The spaghetti dinner was put on by Gold Country Community Services to raise money for Meals on Wheels, Caudle explained, adding that he has been friends with Executive Director Sandy Jacobson since high school.
Caudle agreed to perform a smaller version of his Dean Martin show with piano player Todd Troutman for the fundraiser Wednesday night.
“Normally, I set up my whole sound system, but because this was a smaller venue, I just set up one small system and left the second system in our trailer,” Caudle said.
After the show, Caudle said, he opted to leave the locked trailer behind the Condon Park facility for pick-up the next morning.
The thieves shut the trailer door behind them so the burglary didn’t immediately register.
“It was cleaned out,” Caudle said. “You could see exactly what they did. You could see the tracks through the pine needles. They backed up to the parking lot in front and dragged the stuff around the side of the building.”
The Bose sound system included a base unit in a hard-shell case, two speakers and a mixer in a second hard case and subwoofers in a soft-shell case.
The total value of the system was about $4,000, Caudle said, adding, “They’re absolutely top of the line.”
According to Caudle, he rarely uses the sound system for his own shows anymore but provides it free of charge to about 20 nonprofit events a year, including the NCTV telethon and a safe trick-or-treat event on Halloween.
“I’m a sucker when it comes to that stuff,” he said. “It keeps us pretty busy.”
The Dean-O-Holics do have a show on Saturday for which they need the sound system — at the Palms Playhouse in Winters.
Caudle was forced to use a $4,000 deposit for a show booked for next year to replace the speakers.
“I took out a loan from the band,” he said. “Now I have to replace that (money).”
It was a “tough night for a guy who just donated his time to help a good cause,” Jacobson wrote in an email, noting that the event raised $2,000 for Meals on Wheels.
Anyone with information on the theft, which occurred between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, can call the Grass valley Police Department at 477-4600.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.