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Book ’Em, Phoebe!

Cates nabs burglar.

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O skar Eustis, the new artistic director of the Public Theater, and his wife, Laurie, found themselves cast in a sting operation recently after their Cobble Hill brownstone was broken into. Their co-star? Phoebe Cates. Among the items stolen was Laurie’s Coach purse, which had a $250 gift certificate inside to Blue Tree, Cates’s boutique. The Eustises asked Cates to watch out for it, and, sure enough, the next day, a couple showed up brandishing the card. Store manager Ivana Callahan called Cates and then stalled the perps, pretending to have trouble finding a record of the certificate. The man said it was a gift from his mother, says Callahan. I asked his mother’s name, and he didn’t know it. He told me, I just call her Mom.’ They were pretty stupid. Cates phoned Oskar, who was in a meeting with Stephen Sondheim (who said, Where is the store? Let’s go get ’em!). When the police arrived, the robbers were also in possession of Laurie’s credit cards. She says, I feel safer in New York knowing that Phoebe Cates is looking out for me.


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