Published on December 23, 2013
Amherst Police are looking for information on identifying the man in this image, taken from Amherst Music Centre surveillance. The suspect was caught on video stealing a guitar from the music store on Friday, Dec. 20.
Published on December 23, 2013
Amherst Police Const. Josh Lynds and Amherst Music Centre owner Steve Dwyer (seated) review security camera footage of a robbery at the store on Friday, Dec. 20. Police are following up on a number of leads on the male suspect who made off with a guitar valued more than $1,500.
Amherst Music Centre robbed Friday
AMHERST – The Internet and social media are putting the screws to an unscrupulous Scrooge responsible for stealing a guitar from the Amherst Music Centre.
On Friday, Dec. 20, at approximately 4:38 p.m., two men entered the 113 Victoria Street music store – one from the front entry, the other from the rear. It’s still uncertain if they were working together, but as the former distracted business owner Steve Dwyer with ‘ridiculous questions,’ the other took advantage of the situation and made off with a high-end Takamine acoustic guitar.
“[The first guy] told me he wanted to buy two $700 guitars and I thought ‘Yeah. Tell me how much you want to spend… but then he was asking ridiculous questions. How much a Fender was, then a Gibson then a Martin, and what was the difference between the two were.”
It was during that time the first man lifted the acoustic guitar from its stand near the front of the store, checked to make sure he wasn’t seen, then turned and made of with the guitar then the other individual left.
Merry Christmas, indeed.
The guitar was noticed missing within seconds by Dwyer’s wife, Mary Lou, but after a quick look outside, it was clear the bandit had runoff.
It didn’t take long for Dwyer and staff to get photos from their surveillance footage up on the Internet and the news went viral.
“We had 30,000 hits over the weekend,” Dwyer said. “I’ve been getting calls left and right. I’ve had people think it was this person or that person, or just calling to say they hope I get it back. The supplier emailed all everyone who carries Takamine guitars in the Maritimes to let them know what happened. One name that was out there, they came in Saturday to let me know in person it wasn’t them, and it wasn’t.”
Dwyer thinks the guitar that was stolen was cased ahead of time. It wasn’t a run of the mill acoustic.
“It’s a beautiful guitar, I was playing it before they came in,” Dwyer said, “It retails for $1,595. I think they stole it because of the price.”
Not that the culprit will get anything near that to unload it. Besides the high profile attention the robbery is getting, Dwyer had all of the guitar’s information still in its case, making it next to impossible for anyone to enjoy what they think is a steal of a deal on a high end guitar.
“Just by chance the case was here with the serial number on the side and all the information was inside it.”
The hunt is on for the suspect responsible for stealing the Takamine, serial number 12050764, and Amherst Police are contacting suspects and leads they received over the weekend.
A copy of the surveillance video and photos of the suspect can be found on the Amherst Music Centre’s Facebook page.