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Pamplin Media Group – Police recover stolen Oregon Music Hall of Fame signed guitar

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame has recovered a stolen guitar; but dozens are still missing. Can you help me… ?

As reported in the March issue of THE BEE, irreplaceable guitars, signed by internationally renowned musicians, were stolen in a robbery of a storage locker rented by the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on February 20.

After weeks of what they called an “extensive investigation,” Portland Police Bureau officials on March 15 said they had obtained search warrants which they said resulted in the guitars being recovered. and other stolen goods.

But after leaders of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame examined these salvaged guitars, hopes were dashed – a large collection of beautiful guitars were indeed salvaged, but they weren’t theirs. The stolen ones are autographed, one-of-a-kind collectible guitars, which they auction off at their annual Brooklyn borough gala concert at the Aladdin Theater on the first Saturday in October (it’s October 8 this year). ), to raise funds for music scholarships for deserving students.

Fast forward to April 7, when officers from the Central Compound Neighborhood Response Team (NRT), along with members of the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the The precinct is NRT and detectives served a search warrant in the 100 block of NE 117th Avenue – just north of East Burnside Street – related to this investigation.

There, investigators recovered a guitar signed OMHoF, along with other stolen items. Local media had reported that two stolen guitars had been recovered, but in fact there has only been one so far, as we confirmed with Hall of Fame President Terry Currier when we spoke to him in his office at Music Millennium.

COURTESY OF PORTLAND POLICE - It's hard to make out, in this low-res photo, but law enforcement officials say this guitar, flanked by salvaged Yeti coolers, is the one stolen from Oregon Music Hall of Fame. “That guitar is still kept in evidence, but just looking at the photo, the guitar looks a little battered,” Currier observed ruefully. “We still hope that more of these guitars will be located – and hopefully in good enough condition to be used to raise funds for our OMHoF music education programs.”

Some donated replacement guitars

The good news, Currier revealed, is that they donated three guitars they previously auctioned off to their organization.

“One of them, a guitar signed by Willie Nelson, is quite special for several reasons,” Currier said. “Willie is 89 now; and he is truly one of the greatest artists still playing. This guitar was signed by Willie when he played at Edgefield Manor a few summers ago.

“The guitar was auctioned off and raised a lot of money for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. The gentleman who bought it, Rob Ayres, heard about the stolen guitars and gave it back to us for a next auction. His gesture of kindness and generosity are incredible.”

Currier also told THE BEE that another person who bought a kd lang-signed guitar at auction also decided to return it to be re-auctioned. “It’s clear that our work with music education and scholarships for kids really strikes a chord with a lot of people,” Currier observed.

Showing off a burgundy solid body guitar, Currier said it was originally played by Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser Kilmister – better known as ‘Lemmy’, who died in 2015. It’s going to be a desirable guitar in the auction.”

Suspect still in custody

The prime suspect in that case, Eric Michael Lamberton, 40, has been moved to Inverness Jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of a combined $275,000 bond – even after dozens of charges were brought against him were “released” by the court. .

If you know something, you can tip Crime Stoppers of Oregon anonymously – and possibly receive a reward of up to $2,500 cash – for information submitted on their website – www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=823#.

And, for more information on the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, go online – www.omhof.org

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