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Man Stuffs $1,700 Fender Guitar Down Pants at Guitar Center

Last January—in Fort Worth, Texas—a man walked into a local Guitar Center, stuffed a Fender guitar down his pants and walked out unnoticed.

The incident was captured on a store security camera.

Video of the theft, embedded below and provided by InsideFWPD, shows a man in a black track suit and orange winter vest walking behind an aisle display, kneeling down and then rising and stuffing the guitar, neck first, down his pants.

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA reported that the stolen Fender guitar was worth $1,700. The model of the guitar was not provided. According to WFAA, police believed the man had previously moved the guitar from another spot in the store to the location where he put it in his pants.

To the best of our knowledge, the thief was never caught.

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Christopher Scapelliti
Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.