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Redmond DJ’s stolen trailer recovered — but more than $25,000 worth of gear is gone

'I forgive you, just give me back my stuff -- that's all'

(Update: Adding video, comments from Redmond DJ)

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Isai Escobar walked out of his apartment off Odem Medo Road in Redmond Sunday morning to find his trailer, filled with more than $25,000 worth of lights, microphones and other DJ equipment, nowhere in sight.

Escobar is a DJ for his own business, Sonido Sandre Azteca.

Redmond police found the trailer abandoned North of Redmond early Monday, -- but all the equipment, which is uninsured, was gone.

Escobar captured the theft on his security cameras, and said almost two months ago, he saw people checking out the trailer late at night, but it was locked.

This past weekend, Escobar mistakenly left the front trailer hatch unlocked.

“I was tired, that Saturday I didn’t have a gig so I stayed home,” Escobar said. “I forgot -- yeah, I didn’t think about it. I've lived here for 8-9 years and nothing’s happened to me.”

Based on the time the trailer was stolen, and how comfortable the people who pulled into the driveway appeared to be, he thinks he was being watched.

“I’m really scared of what’s going on,” Escobar said. 

Escobar DJs events for the Latino Community Association and for parties all over Central Oregon, sometimes even in Portland and Washington state.

He started his business 12 years ago with just two small speakers.

“I’m starting from the low, you know? Step by step,” Escobar said. “And now everything is gone.”

While losing the equipment is painful, losing the ability to entertain people is hurting him the most. 

“That’s what I do. I like when people look happy, forgetting about the stress. Playing music, so people get happy,” Escobar said, choking up. “I feel a little bad.”

Escobar said he isn’t sure who stole his trailer, but he has a simple message for whoever did.

“I forgive you just, give me back my stuff,” Escobar said, fighting to hold back tears. “That’s all.”

A GoFundMe created by a friend of Escobar can be found here.

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Noah Chast

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18 Comments

    1. I’m with you cpickett: that popup is an unnecessary irritation. I don’t know who thought we’d welcome another window in the middle of our page we have already gone to the trouble of finding, but they should re-think.

    1. Tile is a bluetooth tracking device. It has a very limited range, about 30 feet in my experience. You are thinking of GPS tracking devices that receive commands to transmit GPS data through cellular networks. It’s pretty cheap insurance and the best part is the data qualifies as probable cause to issue a search warrant. “911 what’s your emergency?” “Yeah somebody stole my trailer and my tracker says it’s sitting in a shop building located at 1426 Imaschmuck lane.”

      1. Yeah but if you mark a tile “lost” and any other tile gets near it the location is reported. Since most people have them on wallets or car keys all it takes is one tile driving anywhere near it to recover. I often lose my wallet and tile has been wonderful for me.

  1. Lots of heroin and meth addicts in town these days. Hopefully stuff will show up at a pawn shop or Police will have a clue who an addict may be near you. They are not too bright usually. That is what I would suspect.

  2. I echo that sentiment 4978 and that’s what the thieves pry on they knew his routine and was waiting for that lapse. Hate to say it but his stuff probably been 🤺ed.

  3. Hang in there Isai. It’s messed up this happened to you and I hope you get your stuff back or your gofundme helps enough to get you back in business soon!

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