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Burglars caught on tape stealing guitars from popular downtown shop

5/25/2016 [Antonio Castelan/KSNV]
5/25/2016 [Antonio Castelan/KSNV]
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Surveillance video shows a burglar on the loose inside a popular Las Vegas guitar shop.

Police say the break-in happened just before three this morning. The thief made off with some one-of-a-kind guitars from Cowtown Guitars, located near Charleston and Main Street.

Video shows the thief bolt through the front door and within seconds, the burglar runs up to a wall of hanging guitars. The bad guy ends up leaving with three of them.

"I'm mad about it," said Jesse Amoroso, the owner of Cowtown Guitars.

Amoroso says he received the dreaded call of a break-in early this morning from his alarm company.

"3 o'clock in the morning this morning I get a phone call that the glass was broken. Metro is on their way," Amoroso said.

The video shows police missed the criminal just by 32 seconds. Amoroso tells us the thief used a sledgehammer to break the front glass door.

"If you noticed, there's no bars on anyone's window like that. We want it to be a nice safe neighborhood and we all do stick together," Amoroso said.

The burglar stole Vintage Les Paul guitars valued at a combined total of nearly ten thousand dollars.

"The biggest thing with those guitars is they're probably the only ones in the state of Nevada -- in the state of Nevada that look like that. They're probably the only ones in California with those colors. They're both extremely rare guitars," Amoroso said.

Ironically, video cameras also captured the same thief trying to break into the shop the morning before.

"When I came in the morning I noticed the trim on the front door had been pried off," Amoroso said.

Amoroso has a message for the burglars:

"The smartest thing you could do is return them somewhere; the police department or wherever or this store. You bring them back in my store and leave them on the counter and walk out the door. That'll be the end of it."

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