PLHS musicians bemoan theft of guitars from campus
by Scott Hopkins
Published - 03/06/13 - 02:41 PM | 109100 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Young musician Eddy Allen plays his beloved Fender American Stratocaster guitar in a recent show. This and two other valuable guitars were stolen from an apparently locked theater at Point Loma High School on Feb. 21.             Courtesy photo
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The theft of $3,000 worth of guitars and accessories overnight from a Point Loma High School arts facility has left two young, dedicated musicians saddened and disappointed.

Eddy Allen and Shawn Gardner were rehearsing the evening of Feb. 21 with the school Jazz Band for an upcoming performance in the campus’ Larry Zeiger Performing Arts Center. At the conclusion of the session, the boys were told by a staff member they could leave their equipment overnight.

The next morning, however, the instruments were gone, leaving Allen and Gardner wondering how their property could have been taken from the apparently locked facility.

Allen is the lead singer in two bands — Revoltage, and 140 Yards — and Gardner is a bassist for the groups.

The young musicians said they just want their instruments back.

“These guitars were special to us. As artists, that’s how we speak,” Allen said. “The Stratocaster was my guitar. It was the one I felt I could express myself on. Shawn and I are both disappointed that someone would take things with such sentimental value.”

A drum kit belonging to Allen’s brother, Alex, was left behind, as were the amplifiers.

Taken were:

• Allen’s custom Fender American Stratocaster with case

• Allen’s John Lennon edition Epiphone Casino with Bigsby bender and case

• Gardner’s 1991 custom Fender Precision bass guitar and

• Boss DS-1, Boss OD-3 and Boss ME-50 special-effects pedals, a GK bass head (bass amplifier control) along with a capo and various cables

San Diego Unified School District police are investigating the thefts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact school police officer Brad Sato at (619) 223-3121, ext. 1110, or email him at

For now, Allen said he is borrowing guitars for upcoming performances.

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