Mu­si­cian left gui­tar-less

Bur­glars steal 10 from lo­cal artist

The Commercial Appeal - - Local News - By Scott Car­roll

Fans of Mem­phis mu­si­cian Rob Jungk­las are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal res­i­dents to look for the singer-song­writer’s 10 gui­tars at area pawn shops af­ter the in­stru­ments were stolen from his home Fri­day morn­ing.

Jungk­las, 62, who has been per­form­ing in Mem­phis since the 1970s, said Satur­day that “ten pieces of my heart have now been kid­napped.” He be­gan col­lect­ing the gui­tars when he was 20 years old.

“I’ve been writ­ing for 40 years and I’ve shared very in­ti­mate mo­ments with these gui­tars . . . These are pieces of me,” he said.

Jungk­las said he re­ceived a phone call from Mem­phis po­lice at about 11:30 a.m. on Fri­day while he was at St. Ge­orge’s In­de­pen­dent School, where he is a sev­en­th­grade sci­ence teacher. The door of his home in the 500 block of Ellsworth had been kicked down, and his gui­tars — val­ued at more than $15,000 — had been stolen along with sev­eral am­pli­fiers, a lap­top com­puter and gui­tar ped­als.

Po­lice re­ported search­ing the area for a green Pon­tiac Grand Am in con­nec­tion with the bur­glary, but did not lo­cate it . In­ves­ti­ga­tors pro­cessed his home for fin­ger­prints, but did not find any of value, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice in­ci­dent re­port.

Among the stolen gui­tars that Jungk­las prizes most are three cop­per- col­ored Har­mony Stra­to­tones from the 1950s.

Other lo­cal mu­si­cians have of­fered to loan Jungk­las their gui­tars since the bur­glary, ges­tures he said have been ap­pre­ci­ated.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the bur­glary is on­go­ing, po­lice said. — Scott Car­roll: (901) 529-2322

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