The timing may have had fans thinking it was a practical joke, but a local band says there was nothing funny about losing over $10,000 worth of instruments to a thief.
Shane Jurek, the guitarist and lead vocalist for The New Suns, told FOX 9 News he had just unloaded his band's gear safely into his garage in Sauk Rapids, Minn., on Friday night and was resting inside when he noticed the garage light was on again.
"It was raining and I saw a light on from my bedroom and went out to check," he recalled. "They broke in and cleared out everything except the bass."
All told, the band estimates they lost about $10,358 to the thief, who made off with a rare Gibson Firebird Studio guitar, a Gibson SG Special, a Fender Hotrod Deluxe, a PDP red-to-black drum set with cymbals and stands as well as a guitar bag containing a tuner and cables. The culprit also stole the band's T-shirt merchandise.
"We can't even sell our T-shirts to make money to replace them," Jurek said.
The New Suns reached out to their fans on Facebook through a flier containing pictures of the stolen instruments, and have also approached area pawn shops to ensure no one has tried to sell off their stuff.
By Thursday, the band received the news they were waiting for. Their gear had been found, but few other details were released as the investigation remains ongoing.
The Sauk Rapids Police Department is investigating the theft. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call them at 320-251-9451.
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