Calgary, AB,

Police locate electric guitars stolen from Edmonton

The Calgary Police Service has located four electric guitars that are believed to have been stolen in Edmonton early on Sunday, April 1, 2018.

At approximately 6 p.m., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Calgary 9-1-1 was contacting various pawn shops around Calgary to alert them that five autographed, high-end electric guitars had been stolen from the Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton. The society is a not-for-profit organization that, in part, works with at-risk youth to help them develop their musical interests.

During one of these calls, the Calgary 9-1-1 call taker was told that someone was currently in the store trying to sell guitars matching that description. Police were immediately dispatched to a pawn shop in the 700 block of 16 Avenue N.W., and a man was arrested in the store with three of the guitars. A fourth guitar was later recovered during a search of a vehicle parked near the shop.

Police are still working to recover the last missing guitar.

Abubakar BAKAL, 24, of Edmonton, is charged with one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and faces six other unrelated charges in connection with outstanding warrants.

The Calgary Police Service is now in contact with the guitar owners to arrange the transportation of the property back to Edmonton.

The Edmonton Police Service investigation into the break and enter where the guitars were allegedly stolen is ongoing.

Case #18144284/5348