Thief steals $9,000 worth of band equipment

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Updated: 4/12/2013 9:28 am Published: 4/11/2013 10:10 pm

Thieves may have tried to quiet a local band, but that hasn’t stopped them from turning up the music.

Two weeks ago crooks broke into a storage unit in east Tulsa and stole $9,000 worth of band equipment.

Bands are known to practice in storage units without bothering residential neighbors but for The Secret Post band that made them a target at Secure Care in east Tulsa.

"It wasn't a smash and grab they had plenty of time,” said lead singer and guitarist Zachariah Wiser.

Crooks choosing the equipment they could easily carry out of a storage unit.

"They didn't take the monitor, the speakers, anything bulky they didn't take,” said Wiser.

A guitar head and an amp were also stolen.

"They had enough time to unscrew it. They didn't take the whole unit,” said Wiser.

The thieves stole the Gibson Les Paul Special in black that Wiser played with for years.

"I can replace the same model, but I can't replace it with the memories it has and the scratches it has."

The drummer says the thieves stole what they enjoy most.

"It's like stealing a mechanics tools,” said Nick Arena.

The Secret Post has been together since 2006 and rehearsing in the same storage unit at Secure Storage near Skelly and 129th for year. Their equipment remained untouched until a few weeks ago when they the lock had been cut.

"I put my key in to unlock it and it fell to the ground and he said don't look, don't look in there,” said Wiser.

Secure Care Storage would not tell FOX23 News what security it uses. On the outside of the entrance you can see it’s gated and there are surveillance cameras. Wiser says the company tells customers it has a guard.

However, that is not enough for The Secret Post.

"You kind of get a sick feeling in your gut,” said Wiser.

They’ve posted up a new rehearsal spot and storage space which remains a secret.

"The thieves win, if we miss a rehearsal and disable us” said Wiser.

Police say thieves rent storage units so they recommend to protect your items make sure the storage unit has a secure separator and not sheet rock.

Burglary detectives recommend you have your own code to get in that way managers can track who is coming in and out and how often. Police say one thief was caught going into a storage unit facility 200 times in one month.

Police also recommend a security person is on site checking units while you are gone.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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The Ean - 4/12/2013 8:18 AM
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Nothing lower than a guitar thief.
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