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Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars (recovered)

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  1. The Hamilton Spectator

    BURLINGTON Halton police are looking for a man and woman who pulled off a brazen theft of two guitars from a music store.
    The pair walked away with what Halton police described as two "high end guitars" from the Long and McQuade Musical
    Instruments store on Mainway Drive last month.

    "It is one of those things that's not uncommon, but it's definitely brazen," Det. Const. Erin Cooper said Monday.
    The combined value of the two Gibson guitars is $10,000, she said.
    "It's definitely something that took courage, but we'll get them," said store manager Paul Stewart.
    Police said the pair was seen on video surveillance picking up the two guitars and placing them in empty guitar cases they had
    carried into the business, just east of Guelph Line. They then simply walked out, "making no attempt to pay for the concealed items."

    Police say the theft occurred on Saturday, May 2 at about 1:40 p.m.
    Stewart said store staff reported the theft on Monday, May 4.
    Cooper said police released the information, and photos of both suspects, this week because it had exhausted all other investigation avenues.
    The two stolen guitars are a Gibson ES 345TDA and a Gibson USA LP Traditional.
    Stewart said the occasional theft is part of working in the retail trade, but said this one was not a "regular occurrence."
    Long and McQuade is a chain of about 60 stores across Canada.


    Anyone with information is asked to call the 3 District Criminal Investigation Bureau
    at 905-825-4747, ext. 2313 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



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  2. GuitarsCanada

    GuitarsCanada Staff Member

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    Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    Brazen indeed
     
  3. Milkman

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    Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    LOL, the brazen part is valuing those guitars at a combined total of $10K.
     
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  4. Lincoln

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    Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    I've got an empty ES355 case at home. Hmmmmmmmmmm time to go shopping :sFun_dancing:
     
  5. R.S.Fraser Sr.

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    Should we not add "stupid" to "brazen"?
    Did they not think that L&M would have cameras?

    Sheesh.
     
  6. dradlin

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    Seems to me that the burden of stupid should be assigned to L&M... how could this even be possible? If somebody walks into a store with a guitar case the employee's eyes should be on them... this ain't L&M's first year in retail.
     
  7. Rick31797

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    this happened Saturday afternoon, you know how busy that store gets, and the number of people walking in with guitars to repair, or trade...i can see this happening very easily.
     
  8. dradlin

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    Obviously they are doing something wrong, and they have been in business long enough to have figured that out...
     
  9. DrHook

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    Even if you spot a thief and try and stop them things can go wrong. The local south side L&M tried to stop one character two weeks ago and he pulled a knife. The sales people backed away and let him go...what were they supposed to do...they're not paid or trained as loss prevention / security. Things can definitely happen in a busy store and even if it's not busy the day you go in, it may be busy at other times and that's what thieves look for. No it's not L&M's first year of business, that's why they have employee procedures in place to follow. Nowadays most big box companies have a loss prevention / security team in place, and employees are strictly forbidden from intervening.
     
  10. Lincoln

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    Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    I'm sure they have insurance for pretty much anything that could occur in a music store.

    The real question...... is the female robber wearing a mask??
     
  11. Rick31797

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    Thief happens all the time, certainly they could hire two security guards at the door, too check people coming in and out, and raise there prices.


     
  12. Mooh

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    Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    All other considerations aside, the thieves are in that broad category of people I call assholes. Dishonest, selfish, lacking conscience, and in need of enlightenment. As much as I hope they can change their behaviour and thinking, it will likely not happen without the intervention of the crown.

    Peace, Mooh.
     
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  13. Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    They should adopt the policy of checking any items you bring in with you
    at the front counter, like other stores do. If this was in place, they would
    have noticed the empty cases and become suspicious immediately.
     
  14. JBFairthorne

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    Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    People walking into guitar stores with a guitar case in hand is hardly an uncommon occurrence. I do it myself all the time. However, I usually ask to tuck my case behind to counter for safekeeping while I browse, mostly because I don't feel like carrying it around.

    Personally, the thought of someone demanding to check my case, or bag, or any of my personal property before I'm allowed to shop there pisses me off. Personally, it's never happened thankfully, because I would probably let loose a string of expletives before I immediately left, never to return again.

    Physically intervening when you suspect someone of shoplifting carries all sorts of risks. Not just the risk of getting hurt, but also the risk of a lawsuit or possibly even a criminal charge against the employee. It's just not worth it for minimum wage, for items you don't own, that are insured. I'm not suggesting just letting them walk out without saying a word, but if they refuse to stay when verbally confronted...let 'em go.

    The simple fact is, in this case, they have video, they have pictures, they have insurance. It will just be a matter of time before these clowns are caught, and either the items returned or the insurance paid out. At most, it's a hassle for the retailer.
     
  15. Steve_F

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    Re: Pair sought who walked away with Gibson guitars

    Damn that's a ballsy move. Keep your eyes peeled for curiously low priced used Gibsons I guess.
     

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