Just two weeks before the Springwood Art Show and the banners advertising the annual event have been stolen.
The art show is organised by the Springwood High School P and C and is the school’s major fundraiser.
Springwood Art Show committee member Xandro Lombardi said their banner was stolen from the fence outside Springwood train station, and another from a fence on Ferguson Rd on Tuesday morning. About eight banners advertising other events were also stolen.
Mr Lombardi said the committee were extremely disappointed about the theft as the banners were expensive – one was worth $400 and the other $300.
“It’s a lot of money for us. We don’t have the money to replace the banners,” he said.
Mr Lombardi said people had witnessed the banner being removed, but had thought the person was authorised to do so.
He suspects the banners are being removed because the person considers them “unsightly” and “offensive to the eye.”
He has reported the theft to the police.
Blue Mountains Police Detective Chief Inspector Dietmar Almer said police were investigating the theft, which is alleged to have occurred between 7.30am and 11am on August 8.
“Police are interested in speaking to a woman seen in the vicinity that was described as medium build wearing navy coloured clothing and a beanie,” Insp Almer said.
“The woman was spoken to by a witness where the woman is alleged to have had a conversation with the witness about removing banners from the fence line.”