Old Incident-Stolen 1969 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Guitar-Cornville, AZ
|Date of Theft||June 16, 1991|
|Location of Theft||KC's Roadhouse Bar @ KC's Corner|
|Type of Equipment||1969 Gibson Electric Guitar|
|Model||Les Paul Standard|
|Orientation||Right Hand Model|
|# of Strings||Six (6)|
|Police Report Filed?||Yes|
|Name of Police Agency||Yavapai County Sheriff's Department|
Here’s the Story…
This is a sad story. Not enough time to describe it in detail. OLD CASE!!! This guitar was stolen on June, 16, 1991 at KC’s Roadhouse Bar in Cornville, AZ which is very close to Cottonwood, Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff, AZ.
This was an inside job and the bar owners son Kenny Crebbs Jr was listed in the report as a possible person of interest.
The person of interest who may have received this stolen guitar as payment for a drug debt is Bert Springer who lived in Jerome and Prescott AND was a guitar player. Over the years there have been several reports of Bert being seen with this guitar. I tried contacting Bert on August 29, 2017 at his last known address of 1736 Oregon Avenue in Prescott, but the certified letter came back as unable to forward.
I went out to Phoenix in May 2017 and was told by several musicians that they think the guitar may still be in the Yavapai County area. Due to who Bert’s mother is, this case was handled in a very questionable way by the sheriff’s department such as the original report getting lost and therefore no suspects were questioned and the serial number not being reported to the National Crime Center.
When this guitar was stolen it had a DiMarzio PAF neck pickup and a DiMarzio Super Distortion bridge pickup. There was a chrome micro toggle switch in the center of the four, transparent black tone and volume knobs. The bridge was a brass Ibanez model which is quite different from the stock Gibson bridge. There is a noticeable dent in the neck around the 8th fret. On the headstock the “Model” decal which is located below the “Les Paul” logo is slightly crooked. The tuners are gold Grover’s.
I bought this guitar in 1976 in Oklahoma City when I was in the Air Force. It went all around the world with me. I was devastated when I found out it was stolen and even more devastated by how corrupt the investigation was handled because a powerful politician’s son was involved as a possible suspect and person of interest.
This is a very old case, almost 28 years old, but based on the latest information I received I still have hope left that I can get it back. I’m not rich, but I’m offering a $1500 reward for its return.
Please note: The statute of limitations have long since expired. No one can be arrested for this. Therefore, if you have any information you can safely come forward without any fear of getting arrested or facing any legal concerns.
Other persons of interest are Ruben Luna and Mary Jo Boan.
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