Music store offers equipment protection for musicians

Posted at: 03/30/2013 9:03 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A recent deadly police shooting is leading the owner of a local music store to take action against those who try to sell stolen musical instruments.

James Stackpole picked up his repaired guitar at Music Go Round on Saturday.

He also protected himself from thieves by answering a couple questions.

"I didn't think about it until they mentioned it,” he said.

The store on Menaul Boulevard buys, sells and trades musical instruments.

"Some of the entry-level stuff that's been overseas won't be serialized, but on most guitars they'll be on the back of the headstock," said owner Dave Tvedt.

It’s inviting owners to share their instrument’s serial number with the store in case it’s stolen.

"9 times out of 10 if you don't have information on what your instrument is: the serial number, a description, a picture, all those things you're not going to get it back," said Tvedt.

Just a few weeks ago, a police shooting began when officers were called to the store for a report of stolen instruments.

A woman and two men, including Parrish Denison, tried to sell stolen musical instruments to the store, said police.

But because the owner of the instruments called the day before with descriptions and serial numbers, the store easily identified the instruments and called police.

New helicopter video shows a chase and SWAT standoff that ended nearby, when three APD officers shot and killed Denison.

Music Go Round says it’ll build a database of serial numbers collected to help protect rightful owners from thieves.