Twenty six guitars stolen from St. John's music shop

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Theft seems ‘so senseless,’ owners say

The Music Collection’s alarm system was disabled and guitars stolen during a break-in Tuesday night. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

For 25 years, the Parsons family has run a successful music business, but on Tuesday night, someone struck a wrong chord with them.

Sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 9 am. Wednesday, their store, The Music Collection on Torbay Road, was the target of a break-in.

The culprits made off with 26 electric guitars, including two bass guitars, along with a few hundred dollars from the till.

“We are very upset and disheartened by this matter,” the owners wrote on the store’s Facebook


Brand names of the guitars include G&L, BC Rich, Charvel, Washburn, Hamer, Ibanez, Cort and  Jay Turser.

“To think someone would do something like this is very upsetting,” Barbara Parsons told The Telegram Wednesday afternoon.

“It just seems so senseless. I know it happens all the time, but you never think it will happen to you.”

Especially not twice.

The store was broken into once before in 1995, when it was located in the Coaker’s Meadow Plaza. Back then, very little was taken.

This time around, the thieves were solely interested in electric guitars, ranging in price from $200 to $1,200.

Parsons’ son, Chris Parsons, discovered what happened when he showed up Wednesday morning to open the store.

“When I saw the lock was gone, I knew someone had broken in,” the 40-year-old said.

When he went inside, there was no evidence of a break-in, as there was no damage. However, a quick look around revealed several guitars were missing.

Several other instruments, including some more expensive ones, went untouched.

“They definitely wanted the electric guitars,” he said. “I mean, they took a $200 electric guitar, but had to reach around a $600 acoustic guitar to get it. They didn’t take the acoustic.”

The culprits also disarmed the store’s alarm system.

“They certainly seemed to know what they were doing,” he said.

The guitars were insured, but  that’s of little consolation to the Parsons, who worry it might happen again or to someone else.

Chris Parsons said the problem of break-ins should be more of a priority for police and government.

“It’s kind of indicative of what’s going on in the city,” he said. “Someone, somewhere has to start addressing this.

“The premier and police say they’re going to fight organized crime after that drive-by shooting, but these (business break-ins) are becoming a huge problem for everyone.”

The family is asking anyone with information about the break-in to contact the store, the RNC or Crime Stoppers.

The full list of guitars, including serial numbers, are available at the store.

“They caught the people who broke in (in 1995),” Parsons said. “Let’s hope they catch whoever’s responsible for this one.”

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Geographic location: St. John's, Torbay Road

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  • DH
    June 20, 2013 - 18:58

    These break-ins and thefts go to a much larger issue that has to be addressed I think. There is a surge in drug addiction which I think are related to social issues such as poverty, homelessness, broken down family structures with nowhere for people to turn. Until we address these social issues people will continue to abuse drugs and alcohol and these break-ins will continue. This province is way too far behind on dealing with these issues. If only there were as fast as dealing with these problems as they are in ramming Muskrat down our throats.

  • What are
    June 20, 2013 - 14:01

    What are they going to do with 26 guitars? Now everybody knows about them, who wants to buy them? Guitar players will be watching for them. Post some pics of them and somebody will see them somewhere.