$100K worth of stolen guitars found, returned to owner

The return of $100,000 worth of guitars was probably music to the ears for one Cherokee County man. But for investigators in two counties, the song won’t end until those responsible for the theft are found.

After a long weekend away, family members returned home Monday to find their home had been burglarized, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. From the looks of the home, the thieves tried to make off with many things, police said.

But the main thing missing? A collection of antique guitars worth as much as some homes.

Two days later and almost 20 miles south, Marietta police officers stumbled upon a pile of guitar cases and amplifiers and then the instruments about 100 yards off Merritt Road, near a wooded area, according to Officer David Baldwin. Officers checked, but there were no reports of missing guitars nearby, Baldwin said.

And although no one’s name was written on any cases, the guitars all carried ID of their own: a serial number.

By calling the company that made some of the guitars, detectives were able to identify the owner. Sure enough, the guitars all belonged to a Cherokee County man and were the same ones reported missing. All of the equipment was returned. (We aren’t publishing the victims’ names. But no, insert-your-favorite-famous-guitarist-here does not live in Cherokee County).

Makes you wonder though why the instruments were abandoned. Did the serial numbers prevent the bad guys (or gals) from re-selling the stolen guitars?

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Jeff A. Taylor

September 6th, 2012
12:32 pm

Any kind of quick payday hopes likely blew up one of two ways. One, the thieves found out that above-board retail traders in used instruments require ID. Two, a prearranged illicit sale for the haul fell thru. But One sounds more likely given that the gear was not targeted by the thieves.


September 6th, 2012
12:42 pm

Crime is every where in this nation.
Build bigger jails and keep people in longer.
The people that did this have and will do many more crimes.


September 6th, 2012
1:05 pm

Tag, why don’t YOU go build bigger jails and pay those taxes?

Also “The people that did this have and will do many more crimes.” is a run-on sentence.

Been There

September 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

@Tag: Sure that sounds good, in order to punish all the criminals. But – the average cost of a prisoner per year is about 35K out of Mr. Taxpayer’s pocket. This system desperately needs to be self supportive, or perhaps even better – not to cost $$, but to bring $$ to the society.That is right – let them work, earn, and pay for their crimes! Then, we can build more, and bigger prisons all the time!

Southside Steve

September 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

@Jim-Oh you are one of those people.

Southside Steve

September 6th, 2012
1:10 pm

How about we stop putting people in jail for weed?


September 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

Use razor wire, surplus military tents, etc as was done in Maricopia County, Az. No need for fancy buildings. This type of housings has been upheld thru the Supreme Court.
Also, sure and swift justice. No staying out on bond for years before trial to commit more crimes.


September 6th, 2012
1:19 pm

A better idea…use capital punishment for all and save the cost of jails. Better yet save court costs, cost for room and board for jhailbirds by shooting them beofre they get to court


September 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

Actually, if someone steals any of my guitars…sure, I’d support the death penalty for ‘em! That said, if I catch them in my home during the theft, the question becomes moot as they’ll get summary capital justice on the spot.

Braves #17 Fan

September 6th, 2012
2:43 pm

Jim, you should have a comma after the first word in your second sentence. Also, Tag’s post doesn’t include a run-on sentence. Lastly, your name should be capitalized.

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