Investigators with York Regional Police are appealing for the public's help after a man walked out of a music store in Richmond Hill with a nearly top-of-the-line Gibson Les Paul Custom concealed in his oversized sweatpants.
According to a news release, the incident happened back on Dec. 20. That's when a man walked into Cosmo Music and pulled a 60th anniversary '59 Les Paul standard off the rack. The custom shop instrument, which is valued at around $8,000, is a re-creation of a 1959 Les Paul, which is considered by many guitar aficionados to be one of the most sought after instruments in history.
Police also released security camera footage of the incident:
In it, a man can be seen putting the instrument headstock-first down his pants, before concealing the rest of it under his hoodie — while other shoppers mill about only a metre or so away.
Police say the man then left the shop and took off in a vehicle driven by a second man.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.