Police in Park City seek suspect after several high-end guitars stolen from shop

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 18:58:35-04

PARK CITY, Utah – Police in Park City are looking for the thief or thieves who ransacked a local music store Monday night, and they are asking the public for help.

Nearly a dozen high-end guitars were stolen from Riffs Acoustic Music Monday night in a heist totaling tens of thousands of dollars.

Police said the thieves were in and out within a matter of minutes, and at this point cops have very little to go on and hope the public can help them catch the thieves. The theft occurred a little after 11 p.m. when someone broke through a window and stole at least 11 high-end guitars.

The shop is just a few blocks from the Park City Police Department, and officers were on scene in a matter of minutes: But it was already too late.

"We found a point of entry on the east side window, unfortunately the suspects were already gone,” said Capt. Phil Kirk of the Park City Police Department.

Detectives now believe that whomever is responsible knew what they were after, as well as how and when to get those items.

“It appears the suspects really knew which guitars were the most expensive, and the ones they really wanted to steal to get the most value for,” Kirk said. “It might be someone who really knows the music industry better than the average burglar."

Riffs does not have any in store surveillance systems. Police say the theft is similar to another recent heist of high-end instruments at a music store. Last week, someone broke into Summerhays Music in Layton and stole eight flutes that total more than $20,000.

Police say they will be comparing notes on the thefts.

"[We will] check with these other agencies that are investigating similar type crimes, and maybe they have some leads,” Kirk said.

Police said they have very little to go on, so they're hoping folks out there in the public can help them track down the thief. Anyone out there with any information is asked to call Park City PD at 435-615-5500.