Rare guitar stolen during St Albans burglary

This Martin J40 acoustic guitar worth £3,500 was stolen during one raid

This Martin J40 acoustic guitar worth £3,500 was stolen during one raid - Credit: Archant

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a burglary in St Albans which saw a large amount of music equipment and instruments stolen.

The offence occurred in Marshalswick Lane sometime between 3pm on Wednesday, November 26 and 8.30am on Friday, November 28.

Thieves gained access to the rear of the property’s garden and forced entry to an outbuilding which is currently being used as an office/music room.

Once inside they have removed a large quantity of bulky items before leaving the address through the garden. It is believed they also went through the garden of the house next door before making off in an unknown direction.

A large amount of musical equipment was stolen, including a rare Martin J40 acoustic guitar valued at around £3,500. Other items included:


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• A Rickenbacker 360 Fireglow guitar

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• Tacoma CB10 Thunderchief Elector Acoustic Bass

• Warwick Corvette four string bass

• Fender US Telecaster standard guitar

• Classical guitar

• Fender 65 Princeton Reverb Guitar Amplifier

• Neuman U87 condenser microphone

• Naim NAIT 5SI integrated amplifier

• Rickenbacker 360 Fireglow guitar

• Kudo C1 Cardea Speakers

• Apogee Duet Preamp

• Yamaha 16 channel mixing desk

• Korg SV1 Stage Vintage Keyboard

• Neuman KM184 Stereo Set

• Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner

Investigating officer PC John Cooper said: “There was a huge amount of equipment stolen in this burglary and it would have taken considerable effort and time to remove it. We are hoping that someone might have seen the burglary in progress and may not have realised it. It is likely that the items were at some point loaded into a van or large vehicle.

“It is also possible that some of the item have already been offered for sale. If you are or have been offered any of these items, or have heard of them being offered for sale anywhere, we would urge you to get in touch immediately.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC John Cooper on the non-emergency number 101, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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