Fans Attending Billy Elliot Show Question Towing Of Vehicles

A popular Broadway musical is drawing sellout crowds to downtown Omaha, but there was a surprise ending for some fans after leaving the show.

It’s not the actors, but some Billy Elliot fans who are getting the hook. “Three or four other couples on their phones looking around for their car as I was mine,” said Kathy Bruneteau.

Near the Orpheum Theater, there's no parking except for detective cars around Omaha Central Police Headquarters, but it’s clear the signs aren't clear for numerous other motorists and tow trucks were on patrol.

“They were fast and furious hauling cars away last night,” said Greg Smith, whose car is in the impound lot for the weekend. Some vehicle owners came to city impound on Saturday to pay the tow fee and get their vehicle back, only to see it closed at 5 p.m. and won't reopen until Monday. Come Monday, Smith will have to pay tow and storage fees.

“If there's that many people getting towed in one night and apparently it happened earlier in the week as well, then there's a signage problem,” said Smith.

For Saturday's matinee, several cars were parked around the cop shop that weren't police vehicles, like a Cadillac from Columbus. Fact Finders warned another motorist. “Now that I see it I guess it makes more sense, but I don't know if it’s just those two cars or all the way up and down, it’s confusing,” said Julie Theulen.

Confused drivers say no-parking arrows don't indicate the whole block and the back-in signs distract their attention. “Why do policemen even need a back-in angle sign?” asked Bruneteau. Our warning kept one car owner off the hook. “Thank you very much,” said Theulen.

Though one vehicle owner says a tow driver told him 18 vehicles got impounded Friday night, the exact number won't be known until Monday. Omaha Police Lt. Darci Teirney tells Fact Finders that illegal parking around police headquarters is an ongoing problem during Orpheum Theater events and signs will be looked at to see if they need to be made clearer. She says the impound lot staff will provide paperwork for vehicle owners who want to appeal a tow away.

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