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Santa Cruz, California Police Seize $225,000 Worth of Stolen Guitars

Nine stolen guitars recovered by the Santa Cruz Police Department
(Image credit: Santa Cruz Police Department/Associated Press)

Police in Santa Cruz, California have recovered $225,000 worth of stolen guitars, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Nine guitars – '57 and '58 Gretsch Country Club models, a '60 Gretsch Chet Atkins model, a pair of 12-string Rickenbackers, a '59 Rickenbacker Capri, a Gibson Chet Atkins Classical Electric, a limited-edition vintage Strat, and a Hofner 500 bass – were seized by the Santa Cruz Police Department in three different locations in the city, after a tip from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The guitars were stolen in Los Angeles as part of the $2 million heist of a Marina Del Rey storage unit in July 2020. Though several arrests were made for that robbery in August 2020, no arrests were made during the seizures in Santa Cruz, as police have yet to establish a firm link between the Santa Cruz residents in possession of the instruments and the earlier heist.

Some of the instruments were set to be sold from Santa Cruz through reverb.com.

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Nine stolen guitars recovered by the Santa Cruz Police Department

(Image credit: Santa Cruz Police Department/Associated Press)
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Nine stolen guitars recovered by the Santa Cruz Police Department

(Image credit: Santa Cruz Police Department/Associated Press)

Santa Cruz police are asking anyone with further information about the case to contact detective Trevor Kendall at 831-420-5963 or leave information on a Crime Tip Line at 831-420-5995.