PLANT CITY – The stolen drum kit that belonged to Sobriety X drummer, Dave Smith, has been recovered and is currently back in the possession of Smith, it’s rightful owner.
“All the hard work is paying off! Dave’s drums have been recovered! The person who gave them to us never even asked for the reward money! He heard about the drums and guitars when I [Butch Whitney] spoke on the 98Rock “Rage Cage” show! He had seen drums and retrieved them for us and met us and delivered them to us as a stand up guy. There are good people out there.. So keep it up and let’s find those guitars! Thank you all for your help.” – Butch Whitney of Sobriety X
Sometime late last 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 in (read the original story on the drum kit and trailer theft here). The theft of Smith‘s drum kit and trailer took place 5 days after fellow Sobriety X band mate, Butch Whitney, had 5 of his Les Paul guitars stolen from his Wesley Chapel home on Friday, February 17th while Sobriety X was playing a gig in Clearwater (read the original story on the guitar theft here).
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 since gained additional media attention as well. Both ABC Action News and Bay News 9 have aired stories on the thefts, not to mention Whitney‘s Appearance on the 98Rock “Rage Cage” show as well.
Though Smith’s drum kit has since been recovered, his trailer is still missing, along with Whitney’s 5 Les Paul guitars.
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 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
There is still a reward offered for the safe return of the 5 Les Paul guitars. Please click on the slide show to the left of this article for photos of all 5 guitars. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guitars or the trailer are asked to call 727-608-0177.
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