Mar 18, 2015
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A Richmond musician who teaches guitar to at risk youth says thieves robbed his home of four guitars, one of which a woman later attempted to sell at the Guitar Center in Emeryville, police said.

Jay Kirkland, whose girlfriend Barbara Gorin runs the Contra Costa County chapter of the nonprofit Guitars Not Guns, told KTVU (Ch. 2), which broke the story, that the burglary occurred last week.

Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov confirmed KTVU’s report on Wednesday.

Kirkland, 49, who along with Gorin are members of the Breedloves Acoustic Dynamic Duo, told the news station he was shocked and heartbroken after one guitar he uses to teach and three others to perform were stolen.

On Friday, a friend of the musician who works at Guitar Center in Emeryville called police when she recognized one of Kirkland’s guitars that a woman brought into the store to sell. The woman was slapped with only a misdemeanor for possession of stolen property since the guitar was worth under $900, KTVU reported.

While that guitar was returned, three electric guitars remain missing, including “a white First Act guitar, an Ibanez in a smokey taupe color and a third instrument that has black and orange tiger stripes,” according to KTVU.

Richmond police are processing fingerprints found in Kirkland’s house to see if they match those from the woman and two others who were detained at the Guitar Center on Friday, Abetkov told us.

Kirkland told KTVU music kept him safe as a young boy growing up in Richmond.

“Gun violence. I’ve lost three friends who aren’t here now because of it,” he said.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.