Touring rock band gets ripped off during Spokane Valley stop

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by KREM.com & Othello Richards

KREM.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 11:45 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY -- A rock band passing though Spokane Valley got ripped off.

Someone stole more than $20,000 worth of band equipment.

“Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown” just finished a three-week West Coast tour promoting their new album.

Early Sunday morning, the group stopped at a Spokane Valley hotel to rest up for the night on their drive back to Nashville, Tennessee. They woke up to find the back door of their van open.

Someone broke out the front passenger side window and stole five of their guitars -- one of which was signed by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler when the band played with him at a state fair.

Band promoter Chase Bennett said the thief also made off with a snare drum, a mobile printer, amp equipment, an iPod and two GPS units. Bennett estimates the value of everything missing at $25,000.

Band members said they often bring their guitars with them into their hotel but they didn’t get any bad “vibes” about the area. They said they assumed the equipment would be safe because they believed a security guard was watching the parking lot. They were told the guard clocked off at 4:00 a.m.

The group said they feel fortunate they just ended their tour, but they have another gig coming up in a couple weeks.

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