West Yorkshire Police: Hunt for rare guitars stolen five years ago

STILL MISSING: One of the guitars.
STILL MISSING: One of the guitars.
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A nationwide appeal for stolen vintage guitars worth an estimated £400,000 has been launched by West Yorkshire Police.

The 60-plus missing guitars were part of a haul of 157 worth more than £1m when they were stolen in a burglary almost five years ago.

After a detailed investigation, many of the stolen instruments have been recovered by police from addresses across the country, but a total of 61 are still outstanding.

Detectives from City and Holbeck CID, based in Leeds, are trying to trace them and have issued photographs of some of the missing guitars.

These include rare Fender, Gibson, Gretsch and Rickenbacker models.

The most expensive guitars featured in the appeal are valued at around £50,000.

Det Con Chris Lord said: “This is a far-reaching investigation which has already led to many guitars being recovered from addresses across the country.

“In turn we have also gained many invaluable leads in our search for the rest of the instruments. Anyone found with one of these guitars in their possession could be charged with handling stolen goods, and I would encourage anyone who suspects they have one of these guitars to check the serial numbers as soon as possible.”

He added: “If you have one of the guitars listed in the appeal, please contact officers as soon as possible.

“We continue to make inquiries up and down the country, and I would suggest it is the best interests of people who have these guitars to come forward rather than wait for a knock at the door from police.”

Anyone with informationabout the guitars is asked to call DC Lord at City and Holbeck CID via 0845 606 0606.

* Two men aged 63 and 41 have been charged with handling 26 stolen guitars and are due to appear before a court this month.

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