A Nanaimo man is reeling after having his prized guitar and years of memories stolen during a recent break-in to his detached garage.
The incident occurred around 6:10 a.m. on March 19 in the 500 block of Old Victoria Road, according to a Nanaimo RCMP media release.
Officers responded to find the garage door’s deadbolt had been pried open. A home security camera captured a poor-quality image of a suspect wearing a black jacket with a grey hoodie underneath. The homeowner has checked out multiple pawn shops throughout the city without success.
The missing guitar is a Fender Stratocaster Seymour Duncan SH-4 double humbucker pick up with upgraded electronics.
Owner Collin Middleton told police he purchased the guitar 25 years ago while on a road trip with his family to Los Angeles.
“I remember stencilling the Canadian flag on the frame and playing it while touring with a band I was later part of. It holds many good memories for me and I just hope to be able to get it back,” said Middleton.
Thieves also made off with a yellow four-string Yamaha guitar, green portable generator, Harmon-Kardon AVR2600 power amp and speaker and two Behringer amplifiers.
Anyone with information on the location of this equipment can call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2022-9303.