Music equipment worth thousands stolen in raid

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Police are appealing for witnesses after £6,000 worth of music equipment was stolen from a musician’s garage.

Officers have released images of the goods stolen from the home on Whiteside Way, in Cleveleys as they try to trace the burglars.

It is believed the offender got into the garage by smashing a window of the building before taking the equipment – including two bass guitars and two mixing desks – and fleeing the scene.

PC Kevin Berry, from Wyre Police, said: “We believe this house has been deliberately targeted as the victim plays in bands around the local area and has recently had his detached garage converted into a live recording studio comprising of hi-spec computers, musical instruments and lighting.

“The burglar has removed a number of expensive bass guitars located on guitar stands within this building and has also taken a mixing desk but has left other items behind.”

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the burglary, which happened between 8pm on Tuesday, July 9 and 8am on Wednesday, July 10.

PC Berry added: “An investigation is underway but I would appeal to anybody that may have seen anybody acting suspiciously around the area around the time of the offence or with any information about the current whereabouts of any of the instruments or equipment to contact police.”

The items taken during the raid were a Musicman stingray bass guitar in tobacco colour (serial number b006110) worth £2,000, a £2,000 1996 Fender 5 string jazz bass guitar in light blue (serial number n6184482), and a £1,000 black Squier precision bass (serial number cy01075040).

The thief also got away with a £ 500 deskphonic helix board, firewire mixing desk, a black Fender Stratocaster with black scratch plate worth £300 and a Yamaha EMX 5014c mixing desk, priced at £ 200.

PC Berry added: “It is possible the offender may not realise the true value of these bespoke guitars but they hold huge sentimental value to their owner and he is obviously desperate to get them back so he can continue to play live music.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101.