Local musician's guitar and equipment stolen

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Orion Faruque said he parked his car to go perform at Fellini's downtown around 10 p.m. Tuesday. When he came back to his locked car two hours later, $3,000 worth of equipment was gone.

"I remember sticking my key in, unlocking it, opening the door and being like, 'hey, my glove box is open that's kind of weird. There's stuff on my seat,’” said Faruque. “I put my seat forward and I was like, 'my guitar amp and my guitar are both not here. Did I leave them at rehearsal?' and then it hit me right about then. I just got mugged."

Faruque said he was parked on Jefferson Street between First and Second streets. He said a jar of change was not stolen, so he believes whoever did it must have known he would have instruments in his truck.

"The stuff was kind of hidden, it was underneath some stuff,” said Faruque. “You couldn't really tell what was in the cases unless you knew I had a lot of guitars and equipment."

He told the Charlottesville Police Department about the incident and reached out to fellow musicians on social media to keep an eye out for his equipment. He said he's seen tremendous support from the community.

"I'm playing a show right now and a guy showed up and gave me a pedal,” said Faruque. “He was like here's a tuner pedal man. At least use this for now until you can get your stuff back."

Most of the equipment had stickers on it with his company's name, Red Music Production, or his band's name, Orion and the Melted Crayons. Faruque said the amount of stuff taken has taken him years to accumulate.

"Realistically, this has been my dream to be a musician since I was a little kid,” said Faruque. “I live it every day. And the fact that someone took all this stuff, it does sting a little bit."

He said if whoever did this comes forward and returns the stuff, he most likely won't press charges.

"The selfish part of me is being like this hurts, it's a really lame thing for them to do,” said Faruque. “But on the whole, I guess if they need the money that bad that they're going to steal someone's guitar, then they're probably in a bad place and I just hope the best for them."

Faruque said he has been checking pawn shops and online sites to catch the items being sold.

He said if you see any of his stuff to please contact him at his email, orion.faruque@gmail.com. A full list of the missing items and a GoFundMe to help raise money towards new equipment is linked in the Related Links box.

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