Oakham musician Chris Poole thanks Rutland community for its support following the devastating theft of his treasured guitars
A musician played the best gigs of his life thanks to the community’s support when his instruments were stolen.
Chris Poole, 28, discovered his most treasured guitars were missing from the boot of his car after a break-in overnight last Thursday in Glebe Way, Oakham.
It happened just days after Chris released a charity single in memory of Ketton teenager Sonny Ferry.
He said: “I cried my eyes out because the guitars have sentimental value.
“The electric guitar was my first ever guitar from my mum and dad and it’s my go-to guitar whenever I learn a new song.”
The acoustic guitar was a birthday present from his wife Kay.
A £700 amp which Chris had borrowed from a friend was also stolen.
Chris, who runs Rutland Guitar School and plays with the band Funked Up, said: “My life and career is music based so they stole my work and money too.”
Within hours Chris’ friend Todd Finch Meynell set up a JustGiving page which has raised £1,200 for new instruments.
Fellow musician Adam Ross leant Chris equipment for his weekend gigs at Extonbury and the Baston Car Show.
He said: “They might be the best two gigs I’ve ever played.
“After all that had gone on, I really needed that buzz and the crowds were brilliant.
“I’m overwhelmed by how much money has been donated from people I don’t even know.
“Part of me thinks the new guitars will have even more sentimental value because so many people came together to support me.”
Chris is disappointed the police closed the case within an hour of it being reported.
A spokesman said: “A proportionate response was given and, as no viable lines of enquiry were available, the crime was filed pending any evidence coming to light.”
Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 19000348525.