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Derek Rutz
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:29 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Admin/Mods - not sure where this belongs. Please move as you see fit.

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Dear Musicians, Music Lovers and Friends -

On June 23rd, 2009 my long-time friend and musician Keith Fessler was murdered in his Sacramento, CA home during a robbery. His house was burned, his car was stolen, and that was burned too. Several stringed instruments were stolen in the crime. His family provided me with photos and an inventory list, and I’ve been able to match the list to the photos.

The official Sacramento PD press release (URL below) contains a description of the crime and photographs and details of the instruments:

http://www.sacpd.org/newsroom/releases/liveview.aspx?release_id=20090714-146

Unfortunately the published list of stolen instruments contains several errors. An updated list is provided below.

• Flatiron F-hole Mandolin, Ebony, s/n 93071686
• Carvin Thin-line AC375 Acoustic, Natural (Vintage Yellow), s/n 63329
• Carvin CL450 Classical, Sunburst, s/n 67226
• Gibson J-180EC Acoustic, Ebony, s/n 00263003
• Takamine Santa Fe Acoustic, Natural, s/n 93121043
• Gibson Les Paul Classic Premium Plus Electric, Honeyburst Maple Flame, s/n 31602
• Jackson JS Dinky Electric, Blue/White Diamond, s/n 6717
• Fender Telecaster Electric, Teal w/White Pick Guard, s/n unknown
• Kaman or Applause GTX 4-String Bass Electric, Black/Smoke Gray, s/n unknown
• Fender? Telecaster Electric, Medium Brown Stained Wood, s/n unknown
• Gibson (or clone) Les Paul Custom Electric, Ebony w/Gold Hardware, s/n unknown
• Unknown Dreadnought Acoustic, Natural, s/n unknown

The location of the Deering banjo and Mitchell MD-100 acoustic is known.

Should you locate any of the instruments listed above, please contact Detective Bryce Heinlein at (916) 433-0688, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP, or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. If you'd rather not talk to the police, please contact me directly (email address below).

We need to find the sub-human scum that did this. We need to lock up these animals and prevent this from happening again. Thank you for your help.

Derek Rutz
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:38 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Hey Derek, I had a thought. There's a Carvin store in Sacramento. If someone buys the Carvins from the thief, they may take it to the Sac store for inspection, setup, etc. So, you might want to contact the store and ask them to keep their eyes open, as well (you can tell them you've talked to me about it - I'm the Carvin.com webmaster, as well).

You can get the Sac store contact info here:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/locations/sacramento/index.php

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:59 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Because of a tip or tips provided by you, two low-life scumbags have been charged in the murder of my friend. These guys tried to sell you some gear, and you called it in!

http://www.sacpd.org/newsroom/releases/liveview.aspx?release_id=20090917-200

Thank you for your condolences, but most importantly for keeping an eye out for my friends stuff. While this case still has a long road ahead, at least the bad guys are behind bars. I don’t know if some or all of his gear was recovered (as that’s part of the investigation), so all I ask is that if you should locate any of his stuff, please contact me or the Sacramento Police.

Thanks, Friends!

Derek
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:21 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

That's really good news. Hopefully Keith can now rest in peace.

Thanks for the update!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:34 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Wow, that is great news!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:55 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Glad to hear they were caught.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:25 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Hopefully these scumbags will never again see the light of day.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:44 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

truedog wrote:
Hopefully these scumbags will never again see the light of day.


+1 I'm very sorry about the loss of your friend. At least these losers are going to pay for their crimes.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:07 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

jadams103 wrote:
At least these losers are going to pay for their crimes.


One can only hope, but knowing our justice system, this remains to be seen.

It is good news indeed, but still sad in that a man lost his life because of these two low-lifes. Regardless of what the Caifiornia courts do, they will have to answer to the ultimate authority sooner or later.

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