Americana/Blues Artist Alex Ashley Recovers Two Stolen Guitars One Year After Theft

In cooperation with the Beaverton and Gresham police departments and Beaverton Guitar Center, guitarist Alex Ashley was reunited with two lost guitars.  The recovery comes nearly one year after being stolen following a Portland-area performance last Spring

(BEAVERTON, OR) -- Two stolen guitars are back in the hands of their rightful owner less than 48 hours after being sighted online.  The guitars were stolen from Americana/Blues artist, Alex Ashley, after a Portland-area performance in May of last year.

“This sort of thing happens far too often, and it’s rare that artists see their beloved tools of their trade returned after suffering such a loss,” Ashley said.  “I got lucky, and I’m indebted to law enforcement and Guitar Center for their eagerness to cooperate in returning such valuable instruments to the hands they belong in.”

Ashley sighted the guitars listed for sale online.  One, a rare Chet Atkins model Gibson -- a valuable family heirloom -- was located at a Guitar Center in Beaverton, OR.  Beaverton police responded to the report of the guitar’s appearance and, in under an hour, arrangements were made to return it to Ashley.  The other, a Fender Stratocaster, was listed for sale in a Craigslist ad in Gresham. Police there assisted in retrieving the stolen instrument with no problems. 

“Reuniting an instrument with its rightful owner is one of the greatest things that can happen in the musician community,” said Andrew Bitans, store manager at Beaverton Guitar Center.

Two more instruments from last year’s burglary, a black-on-black Fender Stratocaster and a Taylor 310-CE acoustic guitar, are still missing.  Police are currently investigating using information gained from the recovered guitars.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the remaining to guitars, please contact the Beaverton Police Department at (503) 629-01111.