Police in Portland have recovered a collection of guitar gear worth around $50,000, which was stolen from psychedelic rock outfit The Brian Jonestown Massacre last month.
The theft of the electric guitars, bass guitars, acoustic guitars and effects pedals was first reported on April 18 while the band was touring the US, after their equipment was reportedly stolen from a trailer attached to the group’s tour bus.
At the time, the group’s frontman Anton Newcombe issued a plea on Twitter, saying, ”I honestly believe that together, all of us gearheads can make these very hard to sell. Let’s find this shit and talk rewards.”
Though the band managed to continue their tour without their equipment, they’ve now been reunited with the majority of the stolen gear, which was recovered by Portland police at the site of a recent homicide.
Vox ultrasonic 12, vox starstreamer 12,Gibson es 12, fender jazz bass, harmony sovereign 6 acoustic with dean markley, Eko 6 string acoustic with built in pickup, one guitar tech tool kit: pic.twitter.com/5YsuNMPkjOApril 18, 2022
In a statement, Portland Police Bureau said, “During the abatement [of the site], officers recovered five of six stolen guitars and other equipment taken in a April 18, 2022 theft from The Brian Jonestown Massacre band that was touring in Portland.
“These guitars are reportedly from the 1960s and have enormous sentimental value and are not easily replaceable, according to members of the band,” the statement added.
Newcombe initially reported that a red Vox Ultrasonic XII, Vox Starstream XII, Gibson ES-335 12-string, Fender Jazz Bass, Harmony Sovereign and an Eko acoustic had all been stolen. Aside from the Gibson, all guitars were recovered at the scene.
An Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Boss Chromatic Tuner, a range of guitar cables and a handful of other effects pedals were also retrieved.
Responding to the recovery, Newcombe wrote, “We are all eternally grateful to the Portland Police Department for their help in finding our stolen equipment. It has been said that it had great sentimental value, however, I am not very sentimental.
@PortlandPolice I want to thank you for your service and the excellent detective work in locating most of our guitars. I also want to thank every single person that reached out or spread the word about the robbery - thank you all ❤️ #musicwinsApril 28, 2022
“I use my gear to create music 6 days a week, to feed my family and employ my friends,” he continued. “These are the tool of my craft, no different than a truck full of tools used in construction or any other trade.”
On Twitter, the guitarist added, “I am incredibly fortunate and have been blessed in so many ways, let’s spread that magic around and help people in need – together.”