(Update: added video, comments from owner)
Three guitars, a saxophone taken by thieves who broke glass doors
REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Art and Music on Southwest Fifth Street in downtown Redmond is a family-run business with a mission to inspire and teach creativity. You can buy art supplies, instruments, sign up for a painting class, or take guitar lessons. Owner Terry Hurt says the store has been open for about 2½ years and was shocked when burglars struck this week.
Hurt received an alert around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday that the store’s alarm was going off. When he arrived, the front door was smashed in, along with the door to the music room.
He explained on Wednesday that some guitars had been pushed aside from the dangling one – and stolen.
However, it wasn’t just any guitar that was taken.
“It’s a 1960 double-cutaway, Gibson, special custom Les Paul—big name,” Hurt said. “It’s just a fantastic guitar – it’s older, in great shape, in near perfect condition.”
“There’s probably one in Redmond, Oregon, and the surrounding area, and that’s it – yeah, it’s a very special guitar,” he said.
Hurt says two other guitars and a saxophone were also missing.
He told NewsChannel 21 it was heartbreaking to see his store had been robbed, with broken glass everywhere.
Redmond police are still investigating, but Hurt says from security camera footage the whole ordeal took just 18 seconds.
But in those 18 seconds, instruments worth $4,000 were stolen and both glass doors were smashed.
“We love what we do. We have ‘inspire’ in our windows, and that’s our goal – to inspire people with music and art,” Hurt said, “And so having one, you know, mean, it’s like — it’s a wink.”
“You fix the door and fix the other door, and you move on and just appreciate the awareness and love that we’re getting from our community — you know we stick together,” he added.
The family started a Linktree page to help raise funds to cover needed repairs.