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Break-in at Sacramento center hits artists hard

Burglars made off with with thousands of dollars in equipment Wednesday night at the The Panama Art Factory, which houses an eclectic group of artists in a old galvanized metal building at 4421 24th St. in Sacramento.
Burglars made off with with thousands of dollars in equipment Wednesday night at the The Panama Art Factory, which houses an eclectic group of artists in a old galvanized metal building at 4421 24th St. in Sacramento. Sacramento Bee file photo

A Sacramento center for artists was broken into Wednesday night, and burglars made off with thousands of dollars in equipment.

The Panama Art Factory, which houses an eclectic group of artists, is in an old, galvanized metal building at 4421 24th St. Panama Pottery, just south of Sacramento City College, hard up against the Union Pacific tracks, was started in 1913 on the site.

The building houses 30 artists specializing in photography, pottery and other arts. On Wednesday, photo equipment, welders, kilns, electronics and tools of all kinds were stolen.

gofundme account

One artist puts the losses at $20,000. Artists at the Panama Art Factory include Meg Myers, John Klaiber, Shaun Burner, Franceska Gomez, Colleen Craig, Melissa Uroff Millner, Chris Herman, Glen Takai, Leslie Thompson, Waylon Horner, Jared Thorp, Nina Lynch, Janelle Sonada, Matt Brown, Kitty Gerwig, Delisse Vargas, Alonzo Sanchez and David Stone, according to the gofundme account.

The collaborative will hold an open studio from 2 to 10 p.m. Sept 10. Paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry and more creations will be for sale.

Sacramento police said Thursday that a preliminary investigation revealed that the burglar entered through an unlocked main door. Once inside, at least one interior door was kicked in.

Not all artists who shared the building have been contacted, so a loss total has not been tallied by officers. Police confirmed that electronic devices and a welder were stolen.

No suspect information was available.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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