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ZAKK WYLDE's Stolen Guitar Recovered

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, May 5, 2014 @ 4:58 PM


Found At A Chicago Pawn Shop

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From the Chicago Tribune:

A custom-made, $10,000 guitar stolen in March from heavy metal rocker Zakk Wylde’s tour bus outside The Chicago Theatre has been recovered after being sold to a Chicago pawn shop, Wylde’s manager confirmed Saturday.

The owners of Royal Pawn Shop, 428 S. Clark St., said a man came in to sell the guitar on March 24 – about 10 days after it was reported stolen from Wylde’s unlocked tour bus while he was performed at The Chicago Theatre as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour.

The pawn shop had been alerted about the reported theft right after it took place, said Randy Cohen, who along with his brother Wayne owns the Loop pawn shop that was previously the subject of the Tru TV reality show Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.

“I forgot about (the alert),” Cohen said. “That happens every day. To be honest, I can’t remember (expletive).”

But the seller’s information was recorded as part of the transaction, the Cohens said, and the guitar’s serial number and description was entered into an online database accessible by law enforcement across the country.

The guitar then sat in storage at the pawnshop for the 30-day period required under Chicago ordinance, Cohen said.

Cohen said an employee originally paid around $50 for the guitar. But as the brothers took a closer look, they said they started to realize the guitar could be more valuable.

“I said you know what, let’s get this thing checked out,” Wayne Cohen said.

The guitar, one of two aged Pelham Blue Les Paul guitars bearing Wylde’s signature bulls-eye pattern, was custom-made for the BLACK LABEL SOCIETY founder and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist about four years ago, Wylde previously told the Tribune.

Seeking an expert opinion on the guitar’s origin, the Cohen brothers said they had it taken to Chicago Music Exchange in the city’s Roscoe Village neighborhood yesterday, where staff quickly identified it as Wylde’s stolen guitar.

A Chicago police spokesman confirmed that detectives recovered the guitar on Friday, and that Area North detectives are handling the investigation.

Police were at the pawnshop Saturday afternoon to retrieve information about the seller, the Cohen brothers said.

Wylde, who is currently on tour with his band, could not be reached for comment. His manager said it has not yet been returned to Wylde.

“All I need to know is that it was found,” said Wylde’s manager, Blasko. “That’s good news.”


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