The Libertines guitarist Carl Barât has had two of his electric guitars stolen in London ahead of a rehearsal with his side group, Dirty Pretty Things.
In a new statement posted on his personal Twitter page and subsequently re-shared on The Libertines' account, the instruments – one of which is Barât's Gibson Melody Maker – are referred to as two of Barât's “most treasured guitars."
The guitars – which were stolen in the Homerton area of north-east London – “hold an unfathomable amount of sentimental value," the statement continues.
“Any news on their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated. The police have already been informed. Please spread the word and DM if you have any info,” it adds.
PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN 🙏 x https://t.co/SfrBxNvE1cMay 18, 2022
Dirty Pretty Things are set to perform at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London next week (May 26), marking the 15th anniversary of their 2006 debut album, Waterloo to Anywhere.
In other news, The Libertines are scheduled to play a string of UK shows this summer in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Up the Bracket.
Sadly, musical gear remains a common target for thieves. In the past year alone, instrumental trio Russian Circles, punk rockers Mannequin Pussy and psychedelic outfit The Brian Jonestown Massacre have all lost five-figure sums worth of equipment to thieves.
Elsewhere, back in 2020, $95,000 worth of Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Customs were swiped from a Sweetwater truck in a premeditated theft.
And in another bizarre story from earlier this year, a man managed to steal an $8,000 Custom Shop Gibson Les Paul from an Ontario music store by cramming it down his pants.