Thieves force Omaha guitar shop owner and his customers into basement

Employees of Ground Floor Guitar and the Omaha Police Department associate the number of instruments and money thieves who got away Friday afternoon around 3 p.m. trauma involved and we have to resolve a lot of situations with the equipment and we’re going to resolve all of that,” owner John Svatos said. Svatos was in the store with customers when two men robbed the place on Friday. The owner says a suspect posed as a customer before pulling a gun at the counter.Omaha police say another customer entered the store in the middle of the robbery, and that’s when that everyone was forced downstairs at gunpoint into a bathroom When the robbers fled, everyone A customer told KETV NewsWatch 7 he was glad to be alive Ground Floor Guitars sells, ships, and repairs high-end guitars Seven customers have filed police complaints Fenders, Gibsons, and a Gretsch guitar priced around $3,500 are among the missing gear The employees say they informed the m guitar stores within four hours of Omaha to keep tabs on serial numbers in case thieves try to sell or pawn the instruments. I’m really lucky that people were able to come out of the woodwork and support us,” Svatos said. Loyal customers and local business owners have already contributed $24,000 to support the guitar store, which is temporarily closed. okay,” Svatos said. “And you know, we’re probably going to have a week or more of lost pay for the store, the bills just keep coming.” One of the customers inside the store during the robbery told police he saw the thieves take off in a black van. A department spokesperson said it was reviewing security camera video from the area and was following “numerous leads” in the active investigation.

Employees of Ground Floor Guitar and the Omaha Police Department associate the number of instruments and money thieves who got away Friday afternoon around 3 p.m.

Empty spots in the walls of the guitars show how many instruments the thieves stole from the small business in Blackstone.

There’s obviously a lot of trauma involved and we have to resolve a lot of situations with the equipment and we’re going to resolve all of that,” owner John Svatos said.

Svatos was in the store with customers when two men robbed the store on Friday. The owner says a suspect posed as a customer before pulling a gun at the counter.

Omaha police say another customer entered the store in the middle of the robbery, and that’s when everyone was forced downstairs at gunpoint into a hall of bath.

When the thieves got away everyone made it back upstairs safe and sound. A customer told KETV NewsWatch 7 that he was happy to be alive.

Ground Floor Guitars sells, ships and repairs high end guitars. Seven clients filed police reports with the OPD. Fenders, Gibsons and a Gretsch guitar priced at around $3,500 are among the confirmed missing gear.

Employees say they notified guitar shops within four hours of Omaha to keep tabs on serial numbers in case thieves try to sell or pawn the instruments.

“I’m really lucky that people were able to come out of the woodwork and support us,” Svatos said.

Loyal customers and local merchants have already donated $24,000 to support the guitar store, which is temporarily closed.

“It’s going to be fine,” Svatos said. “And you know, we’re probably going to have a week or more of lost wages for the store, the bills just keep coming.”

One of the customers inside the store during the robbery told police he saw the thieves take off in a black van. A department spokesperson said it was reviewing security camera video from the area and was following “numerous leads” in the active investigation.

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