Thief takes $5500 guitar from shop
The owner of a music shop that had $8000 worth of guitars stolen over the weekend is not holding out much hope they’ll be returned.
Three guitars were taken from Music Machine in Napier early on Sunday morning. Owner Richard Jackman said one was a rare bright orange Chet Atkins Gretsch, worth about $5500.
While the guitar would stand out like ‘‘dog’s balls’’ to anyone in the music industry, Jackman feared the instruments would be sold on the black market.
‘‘They’re not going to sell it in the shops anywhere ... they will be onto it like a shot. It’s very sad such a beautiful instrument ends up like that [on the black market].’’
Jackman was not sure if the thief knew what he was doing, or if they had just happened to grab the expensive guitar. The guitar was in the front window on display, but the intruder had come in through the back door, and run up the front of the shop to steal the guitars before leaving.
He said the other guitars stolen were ‘‘fairly mediocre’’ and he had been lucky to only get the one pricey guitar stolen.
In the 24 years he had been in business Jackson had only been broken into once before, but had had someone shoplift a guitar from his shop earlier this year. Since the weekend he had strengthened security at the shop, which already had cameras out the front, and CCTV.
He had not had a breakin the five years at current premises, and said it was a bit of a wake-up call.
Police were working hard trying to get the guitars back, calling other shops and spreading the word.
‘‘The music community is very small here, we all know each other ... if something crops up, one of these guitars, hopefully we can catch the people but I must admit, I don’t hold too much hope.’’
Napier police are also investigating the theft of 10 guitars stolen from Bluff Hill in Napier on Monday.
Owen Vickers, the owner of the guitars, said his front door was kicked in, and thieves came and took his guitars and other equipment, but nothing else in the house.
His guitars were valued at about $20,000 altogether, and one in particular held sentimental value. It was a guitar that had originally belonged to his guitar teacher, and then been sold through Jackman to Vickers, who was unaware it was the same guitar.
It was not until he was changing the strings on the guitar he saw his guitar teacher’s name, and the penny dropped.
Police said it was too soon to tell whether the two burglaries were linked.
‘‘They're not going to sell it in the shops anywhere ... they will be onto it like a shot.’’
Richard Jackman Richard Jackman says the guitars were stolen by one man, who entered through the back of the shop. Security has since been tightened up. Left, the thief and, far left, the Chet Atkins Gretsch guitar.