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'Tonight Show' band clothing, shoes grabbed by thieves

June 1, 2010 |  1:05 pm

"Smitty" plays drums with Kevin Eubanks, right, and the Tonight Show Band. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

About $5,600 worth of clothing and shoes used to outfit  "The Tonight Show" band was stolen from a storage facility in Hollywood, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

An employee with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," which is taped in Burbank, contacted the LAPD's Hollywood division on Monday to report that dozens of items had been taken from a storage building the show was using in the 1600 block of El Centro Avenue.

"A significant portion of their inventory is missing," said Lt. Bob Binder. "It's a grand-theft case, and the victim is  'The Tonight Show.' "

The missing items include jackets, shirts and 35 pairs of shoes. The shoes are worth approximately $2,000, officials said.

Police believe the clothing was taken sometime during the month of May and possibly involved multiple thefts. They noted there was no forced entry, no damage to the property and, for now, no potential suspects.

After decades as host of the NBC's "Tonight Show," Leno relinquished his job to Conan O'Brien last year. NBC then gave Leno his own 10 p.m. show, only to return him to host duties at "The Tonight Show."

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Marvin "Smitty" Smith plays drums with Kevin Eubanks, right, and the Tonight Show Band. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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