Guitarist gets her stolen six string back
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – April Paine not only got her handmade acoustic guitar back without a scratch, but the person who stole it replaced a string and left a pick in it. Unfortunately, the guitar’s strap, case and its capo – a device that clamps onto the fretboard to change the instrument’s key – are still missing.
But despite those missing pieces, Paine said she’s thrilled to have her guitar back. “I am so happy to have it back,” Paine said. The guitar, which was stolen from the front porch of Paine’s Colorado Avenue home on June 26, is an elaborately inlaid instrument handmade by Paine’s son. The head of the guitar – the part that has the tuning knobs – has five inlaid flowers and gold knobs. The pickguard, she said, is made of abalone shell.
Paine put up fliers around town that showed a picture of the guitar and said it was stolen. Finally, 2 1/2 weeks after the theft, Paine and her instrument were reunited on Monday night when she went to the police station to pick it up. “I guess I felt like this is a small enough valley so that I just thought if it was publicized enough, they wouldn’t be able to sell it,” she said. Paine’s son made the guitar about two years ago as a special gift. She estimated that it is worth between $1,300 and $2,500.
“Now it’s a cooler instrument because it has a story,” she said. Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said the person who returned the guitar, an unidentified white female, told police she became aware the guitar was stolen after seeing a picture of it in the paper. He said police have not yet determined who actually stole the guitar, but they will continue to investigate the theft.