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Rare guitar stolen from rock band 54-40 2 years ago recovered in RCMP raid

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Members of the Vancouver rock band 54-40 are getting one of their cherished guitars back more than two years after it was stolen. – Jan 29, 2021

Members of the Vancouver rock band 54-40 are getting one of their cherished guitars back more than two years after it was stolen.

In October of 2018, seven guitars were stolen out of a cube van parked in New Westminster. Five were recovered a short time later, but two of them were still missing.

Read more: Warrant issued for prolific offender in theft of 54-40 guitars

Last week, an RCMP investigation of a break and enter of a home in Chilliwack led officers to a home Surrey where they seized a cache of stolen goods.

“In total police recovered an estimated value of over $70,000 of property during the search,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

“We understand the importance of every item to the owners, however a guitar seized during the execution of the search warrant provided an unexpected surprise.”

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Chilliwack RCMP identified a Gibson Dove guitar as the sixth missing instrument belonging to 54-40.

The band’s guitarist, Dave Genn is thrilled to have it returned.

“It’s not like losing your lawnmower, unless you’ve got a lawnmower that’s also your muse,” he said.

“They’re the tools of our trade, they are our instruments and in a lot of cases they are our voices.”

Genn called the Gibson was “irreplaceable,” and an extension of his creative life.  The theft was a huge loss.

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The guitar will be returned to Genn on Friday.  It had been with the band for 15 years.

“This is a story that so far has a six out of seven happy ending,” he said.

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