Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sohio gear theft: Reward offered
Help a brutha out. Anyone with any information regarding the theft of Cincinnati band Sohio's gear stand up and be counted.
When the local rock band Sohio takes the stage at the Northside Tavern on Friday, they'll be playing on borrowed guitars.
Band member Mark Houk said someone broke into the house he rents on Eaton Road and took six guitars valued at more than $8,000 from the band's practice room.
"They broke in through the cellar door outside, kicked in the basement door, and let themselves out through the front door," Houk said.
The break-in took place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday while Houk was at work.
Although much of the band's other equipment — microphones, amplifiers and lights — was left untouched, Houk said they took six instruments including two American-made Fender Stratocasters, a Fender Telecaster and an acoustic guitar he said was "my baby."
"It was a 1992 Taylor acoustic/electric with gold tuning pegs," he said. "The current retail value on that guitar is about $3,500."
All of the guitars were in cases. Also missing is a case containing guitar effects pedals, an air rifle and a BB handgun.
Houk said is offering a $500 reward for information leading either to the conviction of the thieves or the return of the guitars.
Anyone with information may call (513) 375-2758 or (513) 785-1256.