The criminal investigation of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre is over, Police Chief Lynne Johnson announced in a statement today.
Although the police have evidence of financial irregularities, there isn't proof "beyond a reasonable doubt at this time," Johnson wrote.
"It's time to move on," Johnson said.
Johnson said she didn't think her department had made any major missteps in its investigation of Director Pat Briggs, Costume Supervisor Alison Williams and Program Assistant Rich Curtis.
"We initiate the investigation without regard to the people involved. We deal with the law," Johnson said. "A lot of people in the community, because the people have been so beloved, they assumed we were targeting them. That's not the case. Nobody is above the law.
"I would hope that people would realize we get paid to conduct criminal investigations when we have reasonable cause to believe that crimes have been committed. History has shown that good people can do bad things."
A separate administrative investigation into the employees' compliance with city rules is ongoing.