[UPDATE: Guitar Returned!] Man Claiming to Be From Garberville Allegedly Stole a Guitar in Ukiah; Recognize Him?
A man stole a valuable guitar from Craftsman Estate, a store in Ukiah, earlier this week. Lance Anderson the owner believes the person responsible might live in the Garberville area.
This is what Anderson said happened:
On Wednesday around 3:15 p.m. when his store only had one person clerking, the man pictured above sold a used guitar to the store. In the process he showed his license to the clerk. The name on the license was John Goss. While the clerk was busy with another customer, Anderson said, “[The suspect] moved our guitar into a case we had for sale and had it with him as well…as if it were his…[The clerk] didn’t see what was going on, and he walked out with it…”
The suspect, according to Anderson, is “at least 6’2″ or taller, and the guitar he took was a smaller sized old Washburn acoustic guitar from 1915” which is valued at $1300-$1800.
Anderson says he has contacted police departments and sheriff’s offices in several areas and he has a police report locally. If you have any information about the guy or the guitar, you can contact the Ukiah Police Department at (707) 463-6242.
Caution: The name and the photo are believed to belong to the person who took the guitar. However, this allegation has not been proven in a court of law.
UPDATE 4/12: The business owner confirms the guitar has been returned. He wrote,
….[L]ate yesterday the man brought [the guitar] back to the store, and he was stopped by police shortly afterward in his car…waiting to hear if they arrested him…his picture hasn’t shown up in the booking logs for Mendocino County yet. Thank-you for your diligence and assistance…. I had called him and conversed, telling him we wanted the guitar… then he called and said he was returning it. I told him it was a wise decision and that it would be the best thing he could do in the event that he was found..
UPDATE 4/13: Goss was released. The business owner tells us, “[Law enforcement] released Goss yesterday because he had no prior record, and returned the guitar….[M]ight be advantageous to encourage others to file on him if he chooses the same plan to steal…”