Man Searches for Stolen Band Gear

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Apr 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (KNSI) - When Shane Jurek decided to call it a day last Friday night, he never would have dreamed he'd wake up to find his lifelong collection of music equipment stolen.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened.

Jurek's Sauk Rapids detatched garage, at 1206 Broadway Avenue South, was burglarized the night of March 29th, and over $10,000 worth of guitars, amplifiers, drums and accessories disappeared.

Jurek says he's at a loss - the garage is only a storage space for the gear. He says he doesn't know of anyone who would want to do this and has never been very public about where he lives.

The list of missing items includes two red, rare, multi-thousand dollar Gibson guitars, one of which - a Firebird Studio electric - Jurek says isn't made anymore.

Two large tube amps - one Fender brand - are also among the missing items, as well as a 4 piece drum kit bearing the name "The New Suns," Jurek's current band. He says the drum accessories alone total thousands of dollars in value.

Jurek is now spending much of his time reaching out to pawn shops around Minnesota, and canvassing Craigslist and other online marketplaces to see if anyone has been trying to sell his gear.

"We're working on covering the entire state, sending flyers, letting them know to look for this stuff," Jurek says. "Whoever did this won't be able to sell anything at a pawn shop in Minnesota."

Jurek jokes, he's not sure if "people just feel bad, or really like his band," but as soon as word got out about the burglary, he was flooded with phone calls and Facebook posts from people offering their help in recovering the instruments.

"People I know have been looking at Craigslist ads, and I get about 6 or 7 calls or texts a day asking 'is this your stuff?" he says. "So, hopefully, it's only a matter of time."

Jurek has been playing music for about 15 years, most recently in "The New Suns." He says the instruments are a huge part of his band's sound, and it's taken him many years to complete the collection.

"They become part of your life. All the instruments have a story - how you found them, what you did and where you've been," he says. "And it takes a long time to collect this stuff.

Jurek says the band is planning a pair of benefit shows in both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities, with dates to be announced.

To see the band's flyer, and pictures of the stolen equipment, visit their Facebook page.

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