Thieves steal Strat hidden in coat pocket

Posted 24 Mar 2011 in Guitar Crime

Two thieves hid a £1,900 Strat in a secret coat pocket and walked out of a music store in Oxford, UK. They had switched it with a cheap lookalike while staff were distracted.

The shop put up a £500 reward for information leading to a conviction of the people responsible for Saturday’s theft.

Shop manager, Dan O’Donnell, said that “The man had what looked like a medium length jacket draped over his arm, which we now know had a huge pocket inside. They then picked up the guitar, put it in the pocket and replaced the Fender on the wall with a cheap secondhand guitar. He then draped the jacket over his shoulder, before the pair just sauntered out.”

Mr O’Donnell said footage from the store’s CCTV system between 3.30pm and 4.10pm on Saturday had been handed to police.


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