Some Dude Staged the Most Nonchalant Heist of a Guitar Store In Music History

In Motley Crue’s autobiography, The Dirt, Nikki Sixx describes an incident from when he was a teenager: he walked into a local guitar shop holding an empty case, asked for a work application, and when the clerk went in the back to retrieve it, Sixx stuffed a Les Paul in the case. He managed to waltz out the door with the instrument, even though the price tag was sticking out of the case.

Allegedly.

What we know according to surveillance film obtained by Gothamist below is that on October 18th at 3:50 PM, an “an unknown male suspect” entered the Long Island City, New York Guitar Center branch and  “removed a custom Gibson guitar valued at $4,650 from a display stand, secreted the guitar under his shirt and exited the store without paying,” according to the NYPD.

I never knew that the word “secreted” is how I would describe the following, but in a way, I also always knew. I literally cannot believe this:

If you’ve got any info about this hilarious crime, contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, or send tips to the Crime Stoppers Website.

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.