A MAN has had two left handed guitars stolen during a burglary at his Downhead Park home.
Allan Ainsworth, had a Yamaha electric guitar and a Crafter acoustic guitar – both of extreme sentimental value – stolen between 11.45pm last Tuesday and 7.30am the next morning.
He said: “I had been in bed with my wife for around 45 minutes when I woke up and saw a light on downstairs.
“I got up, assuming I had left it on, turned it off and went back to bed.”
The next morning his wife asked if he had been down in the night to get a snack and when he said he hadn’t the couple started to worry.
Allan said: “I saw the back door keys weren’t there and then I saw the two cradles for the guitars were empty. I assume I must have disturbed the thieves.”
The guitars were of an extremely sentimental value as Allan had never picked up an instrument until his wife, confident in his abilities, convinced him to take some lessons.
After he excelled she bought him the acoustic guitar and he has been playing both for the last 18 months.
Allan said: “After not picking up an instrument all my life I learned to play and then couldn’t put them down.
“I have gone through all the emotions, doubt, agony, insecurity and then anger that someone has breached our privacy.
“A man’s home is his castle and whoever this is had no right to come in here and take things we have worked our tails off for.”
The Yamaha guitar came complete with double pick ups and a plastic wood effect. The Crafter acoustic guitar is wooden, in a light and dark brown colour.
Detective Constable Sam Reynolds, said: “These guitars are quite distinctive so I am appealing for anyone who knows of their whereabouts or comes into possession of them to come forward.”
Witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Crimes can also be reported via crimestoppers-uk.org