Murder, Arson and Stolen Guitars

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  1. Derek Rutz

    Derek Rutz Junior Member

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    Dear Musicians, Music Lovers and Friends -

    On June 23rd, 2009 my long-time friend and musician Keith Fessler was murdered in his Sacramento, CA home during a robbery. His house was burned, his car was stolen, and that was burned too. Several stringed instruments were stolen in the crime. His family provided me with photos and an inventory list, and I’ve been able to match the list to the photos.

    The official Sacramento PD press release (link below) contains a description of the crime and photographs of the instruments:

    Sacramento Police Department News Release 20090714-146: Police Search For Custom Instruments

    Unfortunately the published list of stolen instruments contains several errors. An updated list is provided below.

    • Flatiron Festival A Style, F-hole Mandolin, Ebony, s/n 93071686
    • Carvin Thin-line AC375 Acoustic, Natural (Vintage Yellow), s/n 63329
    • Carvin CL450 Classical, Sunburst, s/n 67226
    • Gibson J-180EC Acoustic, Ebony, s/n 00263003
    • Takamine Santa Fe Acoustic, Natural, s/n 93121043
    • Gibson Les Paul Classic Premium Plus Electric, Honeyburst Maple Flame, s/n 3 1602
    • Jackson JS Dinky Electric, Blue/White Diamond, s/n 6717
    • Fender Telecaster Electric, Teal w/White Pick Guard, s/n unknown
    • Kaman or Applause GTX 4-String Bass Electric, Black/Smoke Gray, s/n unknown
    • Fender? Telecaster Electric, Medium Brown Stained Wood, s/n unknown
    • Gibson (or clone) Les Paul Custom Electric, Ebony w/Gold Hardware, s/n unknown
    • Unknown Dreadnought Acoustic, Natural, s/n unknown

    The location of the Deering banjo and Mitchell MD-100 acoustic (not in photos) is known.

    Should you locate any of the instruments listed above, please contact Detective Bryce Heinlein at (916) 433-0688, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP, or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. If you'd rather not talk to the police, please contact me directly (email address below).

    Thank you for any help.

    Derek Rutz
    derek.rutz@coherent.com
     
  2. guitarsmark

    guitarsmark Senior Member

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    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, and if I come across any of the said instruments, I will let you know right away.
     
  3. Marshall Arts

    Marshall Arts Senior Member

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    Wow.... dude.

    My condolences.

    I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. I wish you all the luck in the world tracking down the instruments and the people that did this.

    I'll be on the lookout on ebay as I often deal there.
     
  4. J-Man123

    J-Man123 Senior Member

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    I'm so sorry that happened. I wish I could help.


    J-Man123:slash:
     
  5. loneguitar

    loneguitar Senior Member

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    I also send my condolences, and the link below may also be helpful in this.
    I pray the criminals who have done this will be apprehended shortly, good luck.

    stolenguitarregistry.com
     
  6. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Senior Member

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    That's just so sad.

    Good luck in tracking down the perpetrators and instruments, and condolences to the family.

    (Edit: Thanks to BB for making this a sticky.)

    - D
     
  7. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

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    Some people make this world such a sick, sad place. I'm truly sorry to hear about your friend. Condolences and best wishes.
     
  8. E55eT

    E55eT Senior Member

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    That was really horrible.:shock: I will do as type0, keep my eyes on ebay, my second home.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and his family..
     
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    Rikochet Senior Member

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    shit man.......
     
  10. Deftone

    Deftone Senior Member

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    Sorry for your loss. I live 30 minutes from Sacramento, I'll watch the local CL.
     
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    Last The Cleaner Premium Member

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    All the above goes triple for me as well.

    Sorry to hear this though. :(

    I'll definitely be looking around the bay & other outlets not so obvious.

    Damn shame what this world & 'some' of the people in it are like sometimes.
     
  13. banditguitarist1

    banditguitarist1 Senior Member

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    Im incredibly sorry about your loss! I will keep my eyes and ears open and I pray these sick depraved people or person is caught by the police.
     
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    -=[Shifty]=- Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    I'm sorry, my condolences! :(
    Make sure to constantly check craigslist and ebay.
    I'm afraid that I can't be of much help, I doubt that the guitars pop up in Germany.
    Again, I'm sorry for your loss.
     
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    Moved thread backstage, where it will get more visibility...will also stick it for 30 days.

    My condolences for your friend; hopefully they will catch the perps.

    BB
     
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    Wow...that's near my neck of the woods. :(

    I'll keep an eye out on craigslist as well...
     
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    Fireatwillrocks Senior Member

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    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and you. Eyes wide open and on the search. It would be nice to see justice prevail.
     
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    Sorry to hear about this, I'll keep my eyes peeled while at my usual haunts.
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    Marshall Arts Senior Member

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    That's really nice of you, man.
     

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