Thief takes $5500 gui­tar from shop

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA DOONEY

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.

PHOTO: LAURA DOONEY

‘‘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.

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