“The one beside it is actually $1,000, so it was surprising to see him take the wrong one”: Thief steals $300 Epiphone instead of the $1k guitar sitting next to it in strange Canadian guitar robbery

Epiphone Les Paul Special-II E1 in matte black
(Image credit: Epiphone)

Locally owned Acorn Music Store in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is the latest target of guitar theft after a man casually walked out with an Epiphone Les Paul. The thief allegedly looked at the wrong tag and ended up taking a $300-400 guitar instead of the $1,000 guitar right next to it.

The store owner, Cory Bagg, explains how this all happened: “We had our employee working with some customers on their instrument and he was partway through the store.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.