Matt lives across SW Frontenac from the north side of Gatewood Elementary and is asking you to watch out for guitars stolen from his car:

I’m kicking myself for making the mistake, but I left my guitars in my truck out in front of our house on the evening of Thursday November 2nd. When I went out to my truck to go to work on Friday morning, I knew right away what had happened. Someone had broken in and stolen my guitars and my backpack with song books, journal etc. We love our neighborhood, but I never leave things in our vehicles for this reason. Sadly, I blanked out this time and paid for it. Here are some more details as to what was taken in the off chance they cross people’s paths.

Taylor 714 Acoustic Guitar – serial #20060209124

Vintage Classical Guitar – circa early 70’s with distinctive wear around the sound hole where someone played it with a pick long ago and scratched up the soundboard.

It seems crazy that I don’t know the make given how long I’ve had the guitar and how much I love it, but it’s true. I seem to remember it being a Japanese maker, perhaps starting with an M. …

Northface Backpack, black – contents include a song book, journal, egg shakers, harmonica, harmonica holder, and other odds and ends etc. In short, things that would be meaningless to others, but matter to me.

A police report is filed among other steps Matt has taken to get the word out. If you have any info on the stolen items, you can refer to SPD incident # 2017-409388.

6 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen guitars"

  • annika November 5, 2017 (1:48 pm)

    Oh, that’s terrible.  I hope you get everything back soon! 

    And, I know how you feel.  I left all of my camera and camping equipment in my car once… and did not have homeowners insurance, which would have at least helped.

  • sassy November 5, 2017 (4:14 pm)

    Make sure the police alert the pawn shops and give them the serial numbers. We live down the block from you, lost guitar and amp in car break-in. We actually got them back when, a month later, a Capitol Hill pawn shop saw the numbers. The cops do not always have time to alert pawn shops so call and call again to make sure that step is taken. It’s the only way to get them back.

  • Brian November 6, 2017 (6:46 am)

    Heartbreaking Matt, sorry to hear about your loss.

    I think it’s crazy that we all just accept these losses.  Why can’t the police set up stings for these bastards?

  • EJAMES November 6, 2017 (4:55 pm)

    Hey Matt your classical guitar is a Matao.

    I have a near identical one.

    That sure blows but good luck getting them back!

  • ay November 6, 2017 (7:37 pm)

    Makes me sick. I live on this block. Did you check all the dumpsters around you? The alley behind Stella Ruffington. The school’s dumpster. I’ll keep an eye out. They sometimes return to the scene of the crime.

  • faceless November 6, 2017 (9:53 pm)

    Hey Matt, start checking craigslist in hopes it shows up. If, I see it, I will notify you. 



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