Guitar stolen 15 years ago from country musician found in Vancouver pawnshop | infonews

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17 July 2022 – 13:38

A guitar stolen in 2007 in the Lower Mainland was found 15 years later.

In July 2007, Surrey RCMP officers responded to a break and enter into a storage locker where several guitars were stolen. The complainant, musician and country music promoter Mitch Merrett, reported that 14 of his guitars were stolen from the storage locker, some with significant sentimental value, according to the RCMP news release.

At the time, the guitars were valued at around $25,000. Cpl. Bob Keay was able to recover three guitars at the time and two more were recovered by Ridge Meadows RCMP and Vancouver Police.

On July 6, Merrett called Keay, stating that he believed he had found one of his guitars for sale online at a Vancouver pawn shop. Surrey RCMP officers attended the pawnshop the following morning, where they confirmed the guitar belonged to Merrett and seized it. The guitar was then returned.

This guitar had significant sentimental value to him as it was a gift from his father. “It’s like getting a piece of my soul back,” Merrett said in the press release.

Merrett never gave up hope of finding his guitars, and he continues to scour the advertisements, keeps his purchase receipt, keeps the certificate of authenticity, and even has the email correspondence between him and Cpl. Keay in 2007, which made it easy for the RCMP to recover the guitar.

Merrett has several guitars that are still in circulation. If you think you have one, contact the Surrey RCMP, and the police can check to determine if it was stolen or not.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or

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