Police in Canada are seeking a man who was spotted on CCTV stealing a Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop by stuffing it down his pants and casually walking out a guitar store.
The incident took place at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, Ontario, on December 20 last year, and York Regional Police have now shared footage of the bizarre theft.
In the video, the unidentified individual can be seen sitting on a stool with what has been confirmed to be a 60th Anniversary ‘59 Custom Shop LP, which – after a brief glance round the store – he begins inserting headstock-first down the left leg of his trousers.
After somehow stuffing the neck down his pants without attracting any attention, the suspect then unzips his jacket, wraps it round the body of the guitar, and attempts to conceal the four-kilogram instrument by zipping it back up again.
Keeping things cool, the individual – who by this point is nicely cosied up with the guitar – then takes his time to plan out his escape route, and further avoids drawing attention to himself by picking up and inspecting a nearby acoustic.
You’d think such a cumbersome arrangement would make for a rather awkward getaway. Yet despite the footage unfortunately cutting out before we see the suspect waddle out the store, it turns out he managed walk straight out without catching the eye of any Cosmo Music employees.
After leaving, the individual rendezvoused with a second suspect – whom Canadian police are also seeking – who drove the pair away from the scene.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the York Regional Police by calling 1-866-876-5423, or by leaving an anonymous tip online.
Despite the unorthodox means by which the guitar was stolen, it's not the first time we've come across someone stealing a six-string by shoving it down their trousers. Back in 2018, a man stole a $1,700-valued Fender from a Guitar Center in Texas using the exact same strategy.