More than $70,000 worth of celebrity-signed guitars was stolen from an Uncle Bob’s Self Storage facility in Garland, Texas, over the Christmas holiday, hurting a local charity that would have benefitted from their sale.
Brian Hughes, who spearheaded the Friends of Purtis Creek State Park charitable organization, spent the past four years collecting 67 guitars signed by stars such as country singer Taylor Swift and stock-car driver Tony Stewart. The instruments were to be auctioned off at between $1,000 and $3,000 each to raise funds for kids’ activities at the park, such as Fishing Day.
Hughes was contacted by the storage facility on Christmas Eve and asked to check his unit for missing items. It was completely empty.
Hughes is seeking help from the general public. He asks that anyone with information about the guitars contact the Garland Police Department. In the meantime, he’ll start over with collecting guitars and signatures.
Source: WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, Guitars with celebrity signatures stolen in Garland