Park City music store loses high-priced guitars in smash-and-grab |

Park City music store loses high-priced guitars in smash-and-grab

Eleven guitars were stolen from Riffs Acoustic Music Monday, a total value of about $35,000. (Jake Shane/Park Record)

A Park City music shop lost 11 guitars during a break-in on Monday night, the Park City Police Department said, a rare smash-and-grab case perpetrated in the Iron Horse district.

The Police Department said Riffs Acoustic Music was targeted. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said an alarm company notified the Police Department of a break in at 11:15 p.m. The police arrived at the store, which is located on Iron Horse Drive, three minutes later. The suspect or suspects were gone by the time the police arrived.

Kirk said a window was broken on the east side of the building.

The Police Department said the guitars were likely stolen to sell on the black market. Investigators plan to monitor classified websites and pawn shops, Kirk said.

The police said the guitars included models made by Santa Cruz Guitar Company, Huss & Dalton Guitar Company, Breedlove Guitars and Taylor Guitars. Larry Hart, the owner of Riffs Acoustic Music, said the retail price of the guitars ranges from $2,600 to $5,000. The combined retail value is approximately $35,000, he said.

Hart said it seems the perpetrators cased the store to learn where the most valuable guitars were located. They did not steal guitars priced in the $1,000 to $2,500 range or accessories, he said.

"It is so obvious. They didn’t take any guitar less than around $2,700," he said, adding that the perpetrators did not attempt to break into the cash register.

Hart said the guitars were on display on a wall in a side room. The window that was broken is the one closest to the guitars that were taken, he said.

Kirk said a similar case was reported at a music store in Layton on March 15. Eight flutes were taken during a smash-and-grab burglary at the Layton store, he said. The police are investigating whether the cases are connected.

Anyone with information about the Riffs Acoustic Music break-in may contact the Police Department at 615-5500.

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