PLANT CITY – This past Tuesday, February 21st, the St. Petersburg Live Music Bar Scene Column was the first to report on the February 17th theft of 5 Les Paul guitars taken from the Wesley Chapel home of Sobriety X guitarist, Butch Whitney (read the original story here). Five days later it has happened once again, this time to Sobriety X drummer, Dave Smith.
Sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, Smith’s drum kit was stolen from a friend’s home in Plant City, along with his white 1999 box trailer that is used to haul the kit.
Friends, family and fans of the two popular Tampa Bay musicians believe that Sobriety X were specifically targeted for the thefts. It would appear that the two thefts are too coincidental not to be related to one another.
Since news of the first theft originally broke here in the St. Petersburg Live music Bar Scene Column three days ago, the story has now gained additional media attention as well. Late last night ABC Action News aired a story on the two thefts, and later today Bay News 9 will reportedly be airing a story as well.
The following is a description of Dave Smith’s drum kit and accessories that were stolen:
1 Red Yamaha power V series double kick bass drum kit, consisting of the folowing accessories:
- 2 24″ kick drums with Sobriety X logo on drum heads
- 2 12″ & 14″ mounted toms
- 1 16″ floor tom
- 1 14″ snare (black piano finish)
- 1 10″ snare (woodgrain finish)
- 1 yamaha double bass pedal
- 1 pearl double bass pedal
- tama rack
- snare stand
- hi-hat stand
- zildjian stick bag
- 1 20″ Neil Peart paragon series china cymbal
- 1 20″ zildjian ride cymbal
- 2 18″ crash cymbals
- 1 16″ Sabian crash cymbal
- 1 16″ Paiste crash cymbal
One of the bass drums was signed in black marker by Phill Stokes and read “Rock on, Phill Stokes 2011!”
The trailer that was hauling the drum kit was stolen as well. The trailer is a White homemade aluminum single axle enclosed trailer with a fold down ramp. The corners of the trailer are squared, Unlike the rounded corners that newer trailers have. The tongue of the trailer was very long, at least 8 feet long. The tongue has a black tool box mounted on it as well. The trailer tag is: 989 WEH.
The 5 Les Paul guitars that were stolen from Whitney’s home are still missing as well. The stolen guitars include:
- 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue (Serial # 0-7141)
- 1972 Les Paul Custom – Cherry Sunburst
- 1980 Les Paul Custom – White with Gold Hardware
- 1978 Les Paul Custom – Tobacco Sunburst
- 1979 Les Paul Custom – Black
The reward that originally had been offered for the safe return of all the musical equipment has since been raised to $1,800. Click on the slide show to the left of this article for photos of all 5 guitars, as well as the drum kit. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guitars, drum kit and trailer are asked to call 727-608-0177.
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