Police searching for man who stole an $8,000 Gibson Custom Shop '59 Les Paul by cramming it down his pants

Gibson Les Paul and suspect
(Image credit: York Regional Police)

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.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.