Musician Reunited With Expensive Guitar, Three Men Arrested
OKLAHOMA CITY - They say Rock and Roll is good for the soul, but it landed three Oklahoma City men in jail.
Zackery Tayler Devereaux , Raul Rodriguez and Trevor Cole Dockrey are accused of breaking into cars in a northeast Oklahoma City neighborhood and trying to sell a classic guitar they took to a local guitar store.
The owner of that classic guitar said he had it locked in a case in the back of his truck, which was parked in his driveway. Since he lives in a gated community, he thought he'd be fine, but when he woke up the next morning, he discovered someone had jimmied the lock and taken the case. Thankfully luck was on his side.
"Big lesson to be learned is don't leave anything in your vehicle," said Jeff Blount.
He still can't believe he got his bass guitar back. Blount is in the popular local band known as Superfreak, which is known for its wigs, riffs and killer covers. He says he had just returned from playing a gig on Sunday night, when his prized guitar was stolen while he was sleeping.
"It's not made anymore," said Blount. "So it's kind of irreplaceable."
Blount says he alerted both police and a friend at a local guitar store.
"Musicians are a pretty tight group of people," he said. "So I called my contact at Guitar Center and told him to be on the lookout."
Jeff says within minutes his friend at the store texted back, saying these three men had just strolled into the store, trying to sell Jeff's guitar. So, his friend called police.
"Yeah I guess they thought they were being smart and would get more money from Guitar Center than a pawn shop," said Jeff. "It kind of backfired on them."
All three men were arrested. And inside their truck, police found several more items of interest.
"There were 20 or 30 cell phones, GPS, cameras," said Blount. "Tools, jewelry - so they'd been at it for a while"
So, while those jail house rockers are now probably singing the blues, Blount is not. He's back to playing these sweet riffs on his guitar. He says he plans on keeping this beauty inside from now on and making sure it's locked up tight, because that beautiful guitar is not cheap. Blount says when he bought it, it cost $4,500. So, he's really glad it's back.
Devereaux is currently out on a $2,000 bond. Both Rodriguez and Dockrey are still in jail on a $4,000 bond. They are accused of concealing and receiving stolen property.