$225,000 worth of electric and acoustic guitars recovered in Santa Cruz

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A cache of electric and acoustic guitars stolen from Southern California last July has been found in Santa Cruz. Police served search warrants at three Santa Cruz locations and recovered nine guitars worth $225,000. $. the 2100 block of Delaware Avenue:1958 Gretsch Country Club1957 Gretsch Country Club1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins1959 Rickenbacker CapriRickenbacker 12 stringRickenbacker 12 stringGibson Chet Atkins Classical ElectricFender Stratocaster limited releaseHofner 500 BassSeveral vintage guitars include a Gretsch Country Club, Rickenbacker Capri and Gibson Chet Atkins Classical Electric. They were part of a larger collection that was stolen from a collector in Los Angeles in 2020. “Some of the other guitars and other musical equipment that were stolen in this burglary, in fact, some of them were worth up to $100,000,” Santa Cruz said. LA Police Lt. Arnold Vasquez contacted Santa Cruz Police who went to a website called Reverb.com, where people can buy and sell musical instruments. “We picked up all nine guitars because I mentioned some of them worth $5,000 to $50,000 for a total of $225,000,” Vasquez said. At this point the Santa Cruz police have not made any arrests. They are trying to determine if sellers knew the instruments were stolen before they advertised online. Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz has previously been robbed and said it was difficult to recover stolen musical instruments. “Yeah, we’ve been ripped off a couple of times already and we were lucky to get probably half of it back,” said Mike Sparber, manager of Sylvan Music. Vasquez said Santa Cruz police weren’t sure if they recovered all of the stolen instruments. “It could well be an element of our agency. We could find that there are others in our jurisdiction. There could be others in the area as well,” Vasquez told Santa Cruz Police said the investigation was ongoing but the stolen guitars would eventually be returned to their rightful owner.

A cache of electric and acoustic guitars stolen in Southern California last July has been found in Santa Cruz.

Police served search warrants at three Santa Cruz locations and recovered nine guitars worth $225,000.

Here is a list of stolen guitars found in a Santa Cruz warehouse along the 2100 block of Delaware Avenue:

  • 1958 Gretsch Country Club
  • 1957 Gretsch Country Club
  • 1960Gretsch Chet Atkins
  • 1959 Rickenbacker Capri
  • 12 string Rickenbacker
  • 12 string Rickenbacker
  • Gibson Chet Atkins Classic Electric
  • Fender Stratocaster limited edition
  • Hofner 500 bass

Several of the vintage guitars include a Gretsch Country Club, Rickenbacker Capri, and Gibson Chet Atkins Classical Electric.

They were part of a larger collection that was stolen from a collector in Los Angeles in 2020.

“Some of the other guitars and other musical equipment that were stolen in this burglary were actually worth up to $100,000,” said Santa Cruz Police Lt. Arnold Vasquez.

Los Angeles law enforcement contacted Santa Cruz police who went to a website called Reverb.com, where people can buy and sell musical instruments.

“We picked up all nine guitars because I mentioned some of them worth $5,000 to $50,000 for a total of $225,000,” Vasquez said.

At this point, Santa Cruz police have not made any arrests.

They are trying to determine if sellers knew the instruments were stolen before they advertised online.

Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz has been robbed before and says it’s difficult to recover stolen musical instruments.

“Yeah, we’ve been ripped off a couple of times already and we were lucky to get probably half of it back,” said Mike Sparber, manager of Sylvan Music.

Vasquez said Santa Cruz police weren’t sure they had recovered all of the stolen instruments.

“It might just be one element of our agency. We might find that there are others in our jurisdiction. There might also be others in the vicinity,” Vasquez said.

Santa Cruz police say the investigation is ongoing but the stolen guitars will eventually be returned to their rightful owner.

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