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Suspects steal bass guitar from Music Centre Canada

Police Notebook

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:13 pm

Photos of two men involved in the theft of a bass guitar from Music Centre Canada in Airdrie were captured by the store's surveillance cameras. The theft occurred on Jan. 21 and the bass guitar is valued at $1,600
Photos of two men involved in the theft of a bass guitar from Music Centre Canada in Airdrie were captured by the store's surveillance cameras. The theft occurred on Jan. 21 and the bass guitar is valued at $1,600
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A bass guitar worth $1,600 was stolen from Music Centre Canada in Airdrie on Jan. 21.

According to the store’s manager, who asked to have his name withheld, a man entered the store and distracted him, while a second man stole the bass off a wall rack.

“The first guy came in and he was talking to me over in the drum area,” said the manager.

“The bass was closer to the front door and I didn’t even realize it had been stolen until a few hours later.”

The men entered the store located at 8-125 Main St. in Airdrie at noon on Jan. 21 and left a short time afterwards.

A few hours later, the store manager noticed the guitar was missing from its hook and when he checked the store’s security tapes he saw what occurred.

“The second guy just ran in and grabbed it pretty much and left,” he said. “I called the police right away.”

The bass guitar is a four-string, 2006 Peavey Cirrus series, with brown wood grain finish, it is valued at around $1,600.

Both men involved in the theft returned to the store on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m., according the manager, who was working at the time. He tried not to alert them of his suspicion.

“I just treated them like normal customers and as if I didn’t know who they were,” he said.

“I made a phone call from my cell phone to the phone at the store and transferred the call from there to 911, unfortunately they left before police arrived.”

The Music Centre Canada manager describes the two men as being in their mid-30s, and the man who stole the bass as, “a larger build, probably more than six-feet tall and 200 pounds.”

Photos of both suspects were captured by the store’s surveillance cameras.

Car prowlings

Airdrie RCMP is on the lookout for suspects linked to a number of car prowlings in Cooper’s Crossing and Morningside.

On Jan. 23, during the early morning, multiple thefts were reported from cars in the southwest quadrant of the city.

At 2:30 a.m., two men approached several vehicles parked on the street and in driveways and stole belongings left in the vehicles.

No damage was reported to any of the vehicles as the doors were left unlocked during the time of the crimes. Stolen items include, cash, a wallet, a garage door opener and other items.

There have been 10 reported occurrences of these prowlings recently and RCMP have reported that none of these prowlings have led to break-ins to residents’ homes as was seen with a rash of break ins last year when suspects were stealing garage door openers from vehicles to gain entry to homes.

Officers are actively patrolling Airdrie’s residential and rural areas overnight, according to Airdrie RCMP Sgt. Dennis Esayenko.

“We’ll be set up in random locations to act as a deterrent,” said Sgt. Dennis Esayenko, Airdrie RCMP.

Police are strongly urging residents to protect themselves and their property by ensuring that their vehicle windows and doors are locked at all times or in a garage.

“We are advising that residents take preventative measures to ensure that these things don’t happen,” said Esayenko.

Other tips include:

• Don’t leave garage door openers or any valuables in vehicles.

• Ensure all residential doors, including doors that provide access from the garage are locked.

• Be aware of your surroundings at all hours of the day.

Airdrie RCMP are advising residents that if they see anything suspicious, whether it be a person or vehicle, to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information on an unsolved crime can contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200.


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