I'm pretty sure I've found a guitar that was stolen from me at a music store franchise near me. They open in two hours. Any tips on how to handle this?
A couple of years ago, my house got broken into and all my stuff got stolen (see here
). Among the items taken was a unique guitar.
I don't have a serial number on it; there really was no serial number, it was a one-of-a-kind guitar, built as a demo for a trade show, with a brand name that doesn't actually exist. It's listed in the police report under that brand name.
I was browsing the website of a national music store chain, and found a guitar with this brand name had just arrived at my local branch; the listing didn't have a picture, but it's pretty much got to be my guitar.
Right now my plan is to head down there when they open, and bring the police report with me. I'll look at the guitar to be sure it's the one, and take a couple of pictures of it with my phone. I'll talk to the manager, explain the situation politely, and ask how I can get my guitar back, and how the police can get the information on who sold it to them.
I've read a couple of stories in the paper lately about a string of robberies that have been happening that use the same methods as the burglars who got all my stuff; I'm hoping this provides a lead for the police. It's been a couple of years, so chances of getting any of my stuff back is minimal, but I can dream...
If anyone has any experience with this sort of thing, from either a police perspective, a store manager perspective, or any other, and can advise me on anything I'm missing, or anything I can do to make sure this goes well, please let me know. I've never tried to claim stolen property before, or report a lead on a robbery to the police, so I'm just kind of winging this here; any help would be very much appreciated.