Smash and grab stop the music


Selah Music Works owner Stephen Shivas said the theft cost him more than the cost of the stolen guitars. PHOTO / TOM TAYLOR

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CCTV footage of the burglary.

Thieves targeted a Masterton music store on Thursday night, smashing the window and taking off with valuable instruments.

Selah Music Works owner Stephen Shivas said the burglary and damage was devastating, especially following a foreclosure in which he lost a lot of income.

“I’m pissed off,” Shivas said. “We lose money as it is, and then it happens and sets you back for a few more weeks. It just makes you wonder if it’s worth it to be in business.

After an unsuccessful first attempt to smash the sturdy screen glass, the thieves returned with tools to complete the job.

Thieves smashed glass to steal two guitars from the shelves. PHOTO / SOUMYA BHAMIDIPATI

CCTV footage showed the thieves arriving outside the store at around 3:40 a.m. and then again around 4 a.m.

Shivas said the thieves appeared to be two young men riding an off-road motorcycle.

“The first time they threw a rock or something similar, they then took off and came back about 20 minutes later with something like an ax or a machete and made a decent enough opening to take off with about 2,500. $ guitars. “

The guitars, an Ibanez Artist and a Crafter Slim Arch, were distinctively colored in the sunburst style. Shivas said the guitars were likely scratched when thieves pulled them out of the window.

It was not the first time that the store was targeted.

About a year ago, vandals smashed the windows of Selah and another store along Queen Street.

Selah was closed on Friday while Shivas and a colleague cleaned up the shards of glass that had scattered halfway through the store.

Stolen Guitars: An Ibanez Artist [top] and a Crafter Slim Arch [below]. PHOTOS / PROVIDED

“We are losing a day of trading and maybe more products that have been damaged by shards of glass.”

Shivas estimated he would lose $ 1,000 in revenue due to Friday’s trade loss, plus a [insurance excess] for the window.

“The reality is it’s probably going to cost us $ 5,000. It might not sound like a lot, but for a small business like ours, it’s about enough to put you above the edge.

A witness heard the first crashing noise followed by a bicycle going down the street.

Shortly after 4 a.m., she heard the sound of glass breaking.

“I looked outside and saw two guys who had picked up stuff from the store get on their bikes and walk down the street.”

The witness said the thieves were dressed in black and carried guitars under their arms as they left.

“They gave it a few hits, so they’re determined. The glass was laminated and they couldn’t get through it the first time around, so they came back with tools to break it.

A violin, clarinet, guitar amp, and other instruments in the front window were covered in glass.

“The loss is more than what they took. It’s a lot for him [Shivas]. “

The witness said that the police arrived at the scene very quickly.

A police spokesperson said police received a report of the burglary shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday.

Investigations were ongoing.

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