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Santa Cruz police recover $225K in stolen vintage guitars

SANTA CRUZ — Local police investigators played a role this week in recovering several stolen vintage guitars, part of a nearly year-old $2 million Southern California heist.

Police are continuing to investigate a Santa Cruz connection to a Marina Del Rey heist nabbing some $2 million in stolen guitars. (Santa Cruz Police Department — Contributed)

After receiving a tip from the Los Angeles Police Department, Santa Cruz Police Department detectives, with help from members of the Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Policing Team and Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team, served search warrants Tuesday at three different city locations.

Police in Southern California had already arrested several suspected burglars in August, tying them to a July burglary of some $2 million in musical equipment and personal belongings from a storage unit in Marina Del Rey. Investigators later learned that some of the stolen guitars were being sold from Santa Cruz through the online site, a legitimate online website.

Nine stolen vintage guitars were recovered from a Delaware Avenue warehouse and two associated residences, according to Lt. Arnold Vasquez. The guitars ranged in value from $5,000 to $50,000 each, with a combined recovery total of $225,000, according to Santa Cruz police. The Santa Cruz police have made no arrests in the local case, “as it remains unclear how the stolen property came into the possession of subjects associated to the searches,” according to Vasquez.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact detective Trevor Kendall at 831-420-5963 or to leave information on the Crime Tip Line at 831-420-5995.

Recovered guitars included:

• 1958 Gretsch Country Club.

• 1957 Gretsch Country Club.

• 1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins.

• 1959 Rickenbacker Capri.

• Rickenbacker 12-string.

• Rickenbacker 12-string.

• Gibson Chet Atkins Classical Electric.

• Fender Stratocaster limited release.

• Hofner 500 bass.

Source: Orange County Register

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