A slew of guitars have been retrieved after they were stolen last year as part of a $2 million heist in Southern California. Santa Cruz police have recovered nine vintage guitars worth an estimated $225,000.
The catalog of recovered instruments includes electric guitars and acoustic guitars. They were found following the search of three different locations in the city by Santa Cruz Police Department detectives. Among the stolen instruments were:
- Two 12-string Rickenbackers
- 1959 Rickenbacker Capri
- ’58 & ’57 Gretsch Country Club
- Limited-edition Fender Stratocaster
- Gibson Chet Atkins Classical Electric
A 1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins model was also recovered, as was a vintage Hofner bass guitar, with each instrument carrying an individual value of between $5,000 to $50,000. The nine are estimated to be worth $225,000 in total.
The recovery comes after the guitars were originally stolen last year during a $2 million burglary that targeted a musical equipment storage unit in Marina Del Rey. Following the theft, a handful of the stolen guitars made their way on to online retailer Reverb.com.
Lieutenant Arnold Vasquez of the Santa Cruz Police Department reported that no arrests have yet been made, saying, “It remains unclear how the stolen property came into the possession of subjects associated to the searches.”