York Regional Police in Canada are seeking information on a suspect who stole an $8,000 Les Paul by stuffing it down his pants.
Earlier this week, police posted CCTV video of the heist, which took place on December 20, 2021 at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
In the video, the suspect – a white male in his 20s wearing baggy pants, a black coat, and a Toronto Maple Leafs baseball hat – can be seen sitting on a stool with a Gibson Custom Shop 60th Anniversary ’59 Les Paul Standard, valued at $8,000.
After a quick scan around the store, the man slowly inserts the guitar, headstock-first, down his pants. He then unzips his coat and wraps it around the guitar's still-protruding body, before zipping it back up.
You can watch the crime unfold yourself in the CCTV footage below.
Having evaded detection thus far, the suspect then casually picks up an acoustic guitar to further avoid prying eyes.
Though unfortunately we don't get to see what must've been an incredibly cautious (not to mention awkward) walk out the front door, the suspect managed to pull it off without drawing the attention of any fellow shoppers or Cosmo Music employees.
Once he had left the store, the suspect then rendezvoused with an accomplice – described by police as a 20-30-year-old white male wearing a black mask, a black hoodie, and sunglasses – who drove them away from the store.
York police are asking anyone with possible information on the heist to call 1-866-876-5423 ext.7241 or leave an anonymous online tip.
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