PARK CITY (ABC4 News) – Music is a way of life at Riffs Acoustic Music in Park City. A passion for many and a sanctuary for most, but on Monday night that sanctum was defiled when a burglar broke in and took off with nearly $40,000 worth of guitars.
It was the owner Larry Hart’s first time seeing the damage Wednesday afternoon. He had been out of town visiting family when the burglary took place. Hart said, “Normally that wall had anywhere from 9 to 12 guitars on it, and we had cases all along the floor there, everything was gone. It was shocking to hear, but it’s more shocking to see it.”
Park City Police tell Hart the burglary was likely premeditated. The only guitars taken, in the few minutes between the alarm going off and police arriving, were the ones with very large price tags attached.
“It doesn’t even cross your mind that somebody would actually come in the store, pretend like they’re a customer and actually be casing your premises,” said Hart.
Police are now looking into similar cases in other jurisdictions to see if there’s a connection. Park City Police Department Capt. Phil Kirk said, “The Layton music store where I think 8 flutes were taken, similar to this maybe, there was a guitar store in Salt Lake City not too long ago that was hit.”
Police are watching local pawn shops, craigslist, eBay and other online forums to see if the guitars show up, but Hart fears he may never see them again.
‘They’re handmade, and they’re hard to replace and they’re really special.”
If you know anything about this incident or see any of these guitars being sold contact the Park City Police Department at 435-615-5500.