Hitting a low note: Mount Pearl music store owner shocked after robber breaks in, steals electric basses

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MOUNT PEARL, N.L. — Junior Reid was still having trouble, a couple of days later, putting into words how he felt following a weekend break-in and robbery at his Mount Pearl music store.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m sort of still shook up over it,” said Reid, owner of Reid Music Ltd. in Mount Pearl. “It’s unbelievable.”

As a Saturday, Jan. 21 snowstorm bore down early that morning, a burgundy SUV captured on a security camera pulled into the store’s newly-plowed parking lot on Topsail Road. A person exited the vehicle and smashed a front window with a hammer to enter the business. Shortly after, security footage captured a person leaving the store carrying multiple electric basses.

“They came in through the window and took four bass guitars and went out through the window again,” said Reid, who received a phone call at 7:51 a.m. Saturday when the broken window triggered the security alarm.

The robber left the hammer on the floor, said Reid, who opened the business in 1991.



Hefty pricetag

The four stolen basses have a combined value of approximately $3,000 — a Sire Marcus Miller P5, Sire Marcus Miller U5, Squier Classic Vibe 70s Jazz Bass and Fender Player Precision Bass.

Photos and serial numbers for the basses were posted Sunday on the Reid Music Facebook page.

Reid has a sneaking suspicion the robber had been in his store before and knew what they were looking for inside.

“It sort of seems to look that way. It seems like he knew exactly what he was doing,” he said.


Security camera footage taken Saturday morning of the robber leaving Reid Music in Mount Pearl with multiple electric basses. - Contributed
Security camera footage taken Saturday morning of the robber leaving Reid Music in Mount Pearl with multiple electric basses. – Contributed

Reid Music’s initial social media post about the robbery on Saturday — including an image of the suspected robber — attracted a lot of attention online, receiving 1,100 shares as of Monday, Jan. 23.

Beyond the loss of inventory, Reid said it was frustrating to deal with a broken window on a stormy day. On Monday, Reid was arranging to get security bars installed on the windows as a preventative measure.

“I’m at home, and every time the phone rings, I think it’s an alarm going off again. It’s terrible,” Reid said, adding he fears someone will one day get hurt as the result of a break-in such as this.

Reid said the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded “in a timely manner” Saturday and are investigating the break-in.

SaltWire Network contacted the RNC Monday about the break-in at Reid Music. An RNC spokesperson confirmed the police force’s general investigation unit was actively looking into the break-and-enter incident at the store. Officers from the forensic identification section were also at Reid Music Saturday as part of the investigation.


It's believed this vehicle was used Saturday morning in relation to a break-in at Reid Music in Mount Pearl. - Contributed
It’s believed this vehicle was used Saturday morning in relation to a break-in at Reid Music in Mount Pearl. – Contributed





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