Just got off the phone with the LAPD and all of my pedals, the board, and my amp are intact at a Pawn Shop in Van Nuys!!!! Wow, how am I this lucky?!?!?!
There were some other items in my car (Bluetooth Headphones, Rockclimbing Bag, etc.) that the pawn shop doesn’t have, but I am BEYOND GRATEFUL that my two musical treasures are gonna be coming home soon - as early as tomorrow!
The story goes like this:
8:20am - See that my glove box has been left open and my bluetooth wireless headphones are missing. Check trunk and don’t see my gear. Look in gear room and can’t believe that I forget to bring it in after my Hotel Cafe show (so tired from that NY/LA gigs in the same day weekend I guess?!)
9:00am - Go to therapy (yep, staying emotionally healthy y’all!) and send a few tweets out about how my gear was stolen
10:00am - Get back home, and start compiling serial numbers, photos, depictions, and value of each lost item (totaling over $7500, FYI, which is part of the reason I was so sad about it!) all while waiting on hold with the LAPD
11:30am - Post on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram about my stolen gear and start e-mailing Guitar Center, Sam Ash, etc. in LA with serial numbers and whatnot
11:45am - Finally get on the phone with someone from LAPD and am asked to print out photos, and descriptions and come in to the Van Nuys precinct.
12:30pm - Get to the precinct and give all of the data and info to the officer who is typing up my police report. This takes a WHILE, so I start calling more guitar stores to get e-mail addresses and end up getting through the entire guitar store listing in LA. So, I start calling Pawn Shops myself, while the officer is asking me more details.
1:30pm - After calling 3-4 Pawn Shops, I find one about 2 min from my house and give them a call. I ask if someone has sold them a guitar amp today. They say yes. I ask them if it was a Siegmund. They put me on hold and come back saying “We can’t give you any more info. Just finish your police report and have a detective reach out.”
3pm - We finish the report and I’m assigned a detective. Within 15 minutes of explaining my story and providing all of my evidence, I’m told to head home and wait for a phone call from my detective who was going to go to the local pawn shop that I had found and see if the items match up.
3:45pm - I get an email from Chris Siegmund himself (my amp builder! I own 6 of his amps and love them all so much) saying that he noticed that someone in Van Nuys searched up pricing for his amps on google and it led to his website (www.siegmundguitars.com) He asks if these searches were from me and emails me the IP address that was attached to these searches (thank you computers!) I look through my history to double check but tell him that I didn’t go to his website and we discover that since the person searching was using FireFox and Windows it definitely wasn’t me! I forward the IP address and more data to the detective assigned to my case.
4:00pm - I get a phone call from an unknown number and pick it up. It is the liaison between my detective and me and it turns out…ALL OF MY GEAR (literally every pedal and cable too) is at the pawn shop that I asked the detective to scope out!!!!!!
So, long story short, by some freaking miracle I’m getting my gear back!!!!!
I probably lost the headphones, climbing bag, and some cash from the last Hotel Cafe show, but I’m getting back not just expensive items, but freaking crucial parts to my creating agh - wow!
I am so happy right now, and can’t thank you all enough for the support and prayers! Looks like I’ll be seeing you this Monday at Hotel Cafe WITH MY FREAKING TONE INTACTTTTTTTTTT