Brian Winter's Christmas holiday ended on a very sour note. When he opened his shop Wednesday morning he found empty walls and a mess.
Winter said, "I walked in and realized we had been broken into, big time."
Winter has owned Acoustic Music for about three years, but the shop has been in the family for over thirty years. In that time they have had some problems, a few guitars stolen, but nothing compared to what happened over Christmas.
Sometime around Christmas or Christmas Eve somebody broke through a back door and got into the shop on 400 South in Salt Lake City.
Winter said, "They bent this door to the point where the lock actually popped."
Once inside the burglars picked through the inventory and taking the most expensive guitars and mandolins.
In all Winter believes hundreds of thousands of dollar worth of product are gone, "Just the instruments alone retailed about 150 thousand dollars."
31 instruments are gone, including their cases, that is the interesting part to winter. Whoever is responsible, was pretty strategic.
Winter said, "They went through the inventory and they didn't grab any cheap stuff. They knew what they were looking for."
The money is a big deal, but that isn't the biggest problem for Winter.
Winter said, "The items stolen, we buy a building spot and it takes 9 months to build. So we will have a vacant spot for 9 months without any of these instruments in our facility."
While Winter works on getting product back into his shop, he plans on increasing security to his shop to prevent this from happening again.
This is devastating and the timing frustrating, if you know anything give police a call.