Stolen Guitars in So Cal

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by tdtom, May 21, 2019.

  1. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    311
    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    I'm nowhere near California but this popped up on one of my news feeds. Keep an eye peeled folks.

    https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-woman-steals-vintage-guitars-20190521-story.html
     
  2. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    With video surveillance so common these days, I can't imagine how they could have thought they'd get away with it.
     
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  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    71
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    A cunning, calculated crime, I hope they spend some time incarcerated. I'm curious as to why the store employee jumped on the car but didn't take note of the registration number so the cops could track it down.
     
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  4. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Store has insurance and will be fine, things are shoplifted from stores every second in California.
     
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  5. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Synchromatic

    506
    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    There is a special place in hell for people who steal music instruments. (They have to listen to computer generated electro-digital disco for eternity).
     
  6. RG7X

    RG7X Gretschie

    257
    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    The cops will write a report and walk away to go the next report of theft. It's so common the general public and law enforcement just kind of have an apathetic or "not my problem" attitude towards these things. Can't really blame them in these overpopulated places where it's so common... nonetheless, it still sucks. Hope the shop is able to get the guitars back.
     
  7. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    674
    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    When I tried to buy a bamboo/copper Country Club a couple months ago, that was the store that had it. Sorry to see it happen, the owners are nice people, but like Tavo said, they've got insurance, so they're likely only out the deductible. Sad to think of those two guitars out in the wild in untrained hands with no cases, I hope they survive.
     
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  8. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

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    37
    Aug 15, 2008
    England
    That doesn’t make it ok though......
     
  9. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    LA-ish
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    69
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Thieves in general are scum. Porch pirates are bottom feeders. They don't know what they're stealing, and most often they just pitch their ill gotten booty as it's useless to them. At least the guitar thieves have a clue of the instruments' value.
     
  11. Yukimajo

    Yukimajo Gretschie

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    377
    Nov 4, 2018
    Exeter UK
    I can't figure out why the hangers weren't the locking kind. Most of the guitar shops I've been to in the UK have locking hangers and to handle one you need a member of staff to get it for you. I've seen this is on guitars that sell for anything from £600 up. I also have to query why a shop with multiple floors has one member of staff covering it. I'm not condoning the thieves actions, but you really don't need to make it easy for them do you?
     
  12. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    That's the real horror :eek:
     
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  13. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Good point , especially at $10,000 a piece . Thankfully stores like this keep the strings behind the counter where there safe
     
  14. knh555

    knh555 Electromatic

    30
    Apr 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    And every time this happens it nudges insurance rates up, which either gets passed on to consumers or cuts into tight margins making it even harder for brick and mortar music stores to stay in business.

    Insurance doesn’t make it OK to steal.
     
  15. knh555

    knh555 Electromatic

    30
    Apr 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Didn’t they used to hang horse thieves?
     
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  16. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Hang them both!
    Yeah, when I saw my stolen 6128TCG on EBay ( stolen without the case along with my 6120DSV) it had huge gouges in the back like it rode on the top of a gravel truck. Seller got less than $1400 for it -- it was mint when they stole it. :mad:
     
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  17. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Gretschie

    479
    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    Video footage is useless unless someone happens to recognize the person. Back in the 90s a guy broke into my workplace and stole some computers. We had his face clear as day on video but the cops didn't recognize him and that was that.

    These days with social media there's a good chance someone will rat these people out but it's no guarantee.

    /I spent ~10 years managing physical and information security
    //Never again, thanks
     
  18. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    60
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I think I remember ( the thread ) when your guitar was stolen . Sad all the way around
     
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  19. Sabato

    Sabato Gretschie

    412
    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Craigslist and Ebay are "America's Fence"

    I worked with people with addictions, they'll steal anything & everything and it's only a temporary solution, they have to do it again tomorrow.

    I say arrest the buyers, as in prostitution, arrest the johns.
     
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