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$4K worth of instruments stolen from downtown Redmond Art and Music store

(Updated: adding video, comments from owner)

Three guitars, saxophone taken by thieves who shattered glass doors

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Art and Music on Southwest Fifth Street in downtown Redmond is a family-owned business with a mission to inspire and teach creativity. You can buy art supplies, instruments, sign up for a painting class or take guitar lessons. Owner Terry Hurt says the store has been open for about 2 1/2 years, and he was shocked when burglars hit this week.

Hurt got an alert around 1:30 am Tuesday that the store's alarm was going off. When he got there, the front door was shattered, along with the door to the music room.

He explained Wednesday that some guitars had been pushed out of the way of one that was hanging -- and stolen.

However, it wasn't just any guitar that was taken.  

"It's a 1960 double cutaway, Gibson, Les Paul custom special -- big-name," Hurt said. "It's just a fantastic guitar -- it's older, beautiful shape, almost perfect condition."

"There's probably one of those in Redmond, Oregon, and surrounding areas and that was it -- yeah it's a very unique very special guitar," he said.

Hurt says two other guitars and a saxophone also were missing.

He told NewsChannel 21 it was heartbreaking to see his store had been burglarized, with shattered glass everywhere.

Redmond police are still investigating, but Hurt says from the security camera footage, the whole ordeal only took 18 seconds.

But in that 18 seconds, $4,000 worth of instruments were taken and the two glass doors were shattered.

"We love what we do. We have 'inspire' in our windows, and that's our goal -- to inspire people with music and art," Hurt said, "And so having one, you know, bad guy, is like -- it's a blip."

"You fix the door and fix the other door, and you move on and just appreciate the outreach and love that we get from our community -- you know that we stand together," he added.

The family has started a Linktree page to help raise funds to cover needed repairs.

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