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Burglary victim: Dale from Girl Trouble

by Dave_L
on 6/24/2009 @ 11:39am
Two friends have contacted me about this burglary. Damn low-life scum thieves.

Received by email:

Hi to all my friends-
please help in any way possible-
dale from girl trouble had his house burglarized on monday.
tons of his equipment and personal items were stolen.
please put out the word on this so people can keep an eye out.
also there is a $2000 reward to information that leads to recovery of the stuff.
thanks for anything you can do!!



Electric Bass - 60s Moserite - Ventures model (Sunburst) - Autographed by Ventures Nokie Edwards, Bob Bogle and Don Wilson. Signed on pickguard. One signature in blue sharpie pen, rest in black. Also had very large original rectangle case with orange/gold lining

Acoutic Bass w/ case - Michael Kelly - Transparent blue. In a tweed Michael Kelly soft case. Also had blk/wht checkerboard guitar strap

Electric Bass - Danelectro (reissue) - SN#010005372. Blk/Silver sparkle short horn. Had Dean Markley quick release gtr strap

Electric Bass -70s Epiphone EA260 Hollowbody (Japan). Cherry red with paint chip on side of guitar near the waist

Electric Bass - Epiphone Thunderbird bass w/case


Amp - Peavey TNT100 combo amp - has the phrase "Gosh Darnit" painted on the side in white

Mixing board - Peavey XR600E Powered Mixer

Speakers - 2 Peavey SP2G PA speakers - wedge shaped. Huge and heavy


Ann-Margret - signed name in purple ink

Dee Dee Ramone - from inner sleeve of "Road to Ruin" w/ ticket stub from concert

Kitten Natavidad - signed "Best Wishes"

Kitten Natavidad - signed "Busting with Love"

Brothers E - personally signed

PopDefect - personally signed


including autographed CDs from Neko Case and Garbage

by morgan on 6/24/2009 @ 3:24pm
Oh man- that sucks! I had my house robbed once. It makes you feel so violated when someone has been in your house and taken your stuff! They got CDs and my guitar - which turned up at a used musical instrument store not far from where I lived at the time.

My advice: check Craigslist and hit the pawn shops!

by izenmania on 6/24/2009 @ 3:37pm
I keep meaning to compile a list of serial numbers for all my gear, just in case. I think I will do that tonight.

by JesseHillFan on 6/24/2009 @ 3:41pm
Wow that's quite a burglary and a huge loss.
Just the other day in my neighborhood I overheard 3 teens about the age of 12 talking about them thinking about breaking into nearby homes.When you have juvies get involved into a crime spree there is practically no penalty at all for them (remember the Semaj Booker case).Last year I was a crime victim of several 6 and 8 year old vandals and never received any compensation for the damage that they did to my house which amounted to around $900 of damage.I was lucky in a way though,the house next door to me had all of its windows broken out.
Fortunately the offending family of Section 8 miscreants was evicted for another reason and moved away.The only way that laws would change is if politicians became the crime victims themselves.
Back on point.I hope that your friends musical gear and other stuff is recovered and the felon burglars apprehended and incarcerated.If the burglars turn out to be juveniles then their punishment would be practically nil and compensation for damages highly unlikely.I do hope that by some luck your friends equipment is found and returned.In this poor economy I have lately noticed a lot of very desperate,violent and dangerous predatory people around in my neighborhood.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/24/2009 @ 6:48pm
Thank god I own nothing worth stealing! Let's have the list:

Broken laptop
old-ass iMac
19" color CRT tv
SNES system with SEVEN games!
Size 13 roller blades
two orange cats

Not an impressive list. No wonder my friends and GF get bored quickly when I host a party. :(

by fredo on 6/24/2009 @ 7:27pm
Someone stole a huge box of stuff out of the back of my pickup truck one night. Little did the thieves know it was just a bunch of junk that was looking for a big dumpster. That was kind of funny.

But the theft discussed here isn't funny. This is BS. I'll be on the lookout for this stuff when I visit garage sales and flea markets. Morgan suggested checking craigs list and pawn shops. That's good. I would also notify Guitar Maniacs, American Music and Jack at Sluggos. Good posting Dave, sorry about your friends misfortune.

by AngelaJossy on 6/24/2009 @ 8:30pm
Please tell him to check out Screaming Stone: The Stolen Music Instrument Recovery Project

Musicians helping musicians get back their stolen instruments.

by Dave_L on 6/25/2009 @ 12:18am
I don't know Dale personally, but I've seen him perform and we have some mutual friends dear to both of us. I'm told he's one of the greatest guys around. You FeedTacoma people are great, too - I'll pass on your info. Thanks for that great link, Angie. Unfortunately that source might come in handy now and then as these things happen. I'm sure there are lots of people on the hunt for Dale's unique items, yet it all helps, and I'm sure it is much appreciated.

by Twisty on 6/25/2009 @ 5:15am
Gee, I thought crime was supposed to be down 50% this year. What happened?

Oh, that's right... basketball practice.

by JesseHillFan on 6/25/2009 @ 10:49am
I see this story in the newstribune.It doesn't mean that this is the burglar (because there are many of these creeps around) but he does have a pickup truck to haul away a good amount of loot.
I would figure that if someone stole that much equipment they would need a truck or a van to haul away the goods.

by Dave_L on 6/25/2009 @ 12:31pm
Yeah, I see pickup trucks like these with scary-looking people inside cruising the neighborhood and alleys all of the time.

Here are some more stolen instrument recovery websites: