Hello, on 07/01/2015 by happen stance I saw a rare guitar in a local music store. A grey Parker Fly guitar. I stated to the store clerk: " I have a Parker Fly, maybe I should have it under lock & key."The clerk expressed : " I don't think so! " I noted a white lavel with bllack lettering on the head stock. It was a stark contrast against the grey guitar, not aesthetically pleasing, unlike a Parker guitar. I asked " Is that the serial number ? " The clerk expressed " Yes. " I did not even touch the Parker guitar as is sat in a stand. I purchase two items and returned home within an hour. I went to use a different guitar. Only to discover it's case empty. That was a Takamine classical valued on eBay @ $ 1500. I looked around immediately for my Parker Fly guitar, it was gone. My home had been burglarized ! I immediately made a police report when I discovered the theft. Two beautiful guitars were stolen, one an expensive Parker Fly heirloom with quite a provenance. The designer ***** ***** actually gave the guitar to my father over 20 years ago, intended for me. The Parker Fly guitar therefore has huge sentimental value. ***** ***** now makes rare guitars, some priced at $30,000. The police officer that night Sean Divine , was very helpful. He took a thorough report & took my remaining guitar & guitar cases for " finger printing or DNA. " He suggested I go the next day to the very same music store and provide a list of the stolen guitars. I went the music store to provide a list of my stolen guitars. As I was writing the list, the clerk immediately disappeared. I asked where he went, he placed the Parker Fly out back. I found this behavior suspicious. I called the police again, they said " It's probably just their policy
. " I sent the music store an email description on my guitars as well, within 5 minutes. I was not satisfied with the cavalier simple explanation from police dispatch. Approximately 10 minutes later I returned to the store & asked to see the Parker Fly guitar that they placed out back. The clerk went and go the store owner. The owner was quite belligerent , he came out chest puffed out, gesturing animated with his hands and expressing " I need serial numbers, photographs, receipts ! " I explained I just wanted to see the Parker guitar. I said mine had an ~ 1 inch distinct ding on the back from shipping. The owner expressed " How do I know you didin't see that the other day!" The entire tone was aggressive & defensive. The store claimed they checked the guitar's serial number and it was an apparent 2006 model. A different investigating police officer, Officer Small took over the case. Several days later I went with a police officer to the music store to look at the guitar. The Officer & store owner shook hands and smiled at one another. As they spoke they were completely dismissive of my being there, both of them. This was the first time I was allowed to actually physically look at and touch the guitar. I immediately saw the 1 inch ding on the back. I have had this guitar over 20 years, I knew it was mine. Curiously the prior white decal with black lettring was now gone, supposedly the serial number from before. Now there was a serial number in white lettering underneath clear paint. I pointed this out immediately, I felt my concerns were dismissed by the officer. Regarding the 1 inch ding on the back, Officer Small expressed " I'm sure there's an explanation, a common place they are damaged. " There was new damage to the paint near the neck of the guitar. There were a few features that looked conspicuous and changed, like new screws at the base, near a battery port. The store owner had a shipping box on the counter with wrapping paper, apparently he had already sold the guitar on eBay & was shipping it out. Officer Small expressed : Greg, it's not your guitar. They ran the srial number, it's a 2006. You said yours is over 20 years old. " I said this is my guitar and I know it's mine. I got on the phone, whiule in the store still, to a musician friend that knew my Parker Fly well, he had played it before, familiar with the ding on the back and the heirloom provenance. I was passionate, emotional, probably loud, but not rude or belligerent. Officer Small expressed to me " I'm going to have to ask you to leave ! " Cooler heads prevail, so I walked out of the store and across the street. Later I returned to Officer Small on his police cruider, in the store parking lot. I informed him that this was definitely my guitar. He said " I don't understand why you know about the ding and damage. " I told him I've had it 20 years, given to me by my late father. If you have a scar on your arm, you know where it is, can find it in the dark & likley remember how it happened. I asked how I could stop the sale & imminenet shipping of my guitar. He expressed that I couldn't. I asked " Do I need a laywer ? " I discovered a feature form the 1990's on this guitar. Continued .