Juke's Evan Lamb Recovers Stolen Gear From Mysterious Criminal Samaritan
But yesterday, a fence with a conscience contacted Lamb and returned the goods during a 5 a.m. transaction near the airport.
The cops were none too pleased Lamb didn't invite them to the party, but he was glad just to have his prized guitars back.
His van, computer, and a box of cash are still missing. Here's what Lamb had to say about the experience.
-Juke's Evan Lamb Has $60,000 Worth of Gear Stolen, Help Catch the Crooks
Crossfade: So, you got your stuff, or at least some of it back, how'd that come about?
Evan Lamb: So, from being on CBS news I got a random email that said, "You need to call this guy, they know where your stuff is," and it had a phone number, no name or anything. I was like, "Thanks, I appreciate the help, but who is they?" I had to work late so I checked my email at, like, 1 a.m. and it said, "This isn't the guy who stole your stuff. This is the guy who bought it."
So I called him up and he seemed on the level. I got his address and drove out to his house at about 5 a.m. and got back, like, all the equipment that I really care about. The van and the laptop is still missing.
How'd you end up on TV?
A friend of mine knows a bunch of different reporters, and they were like fighting over the story, but New Times beat everybody to it.
Who was the guy you got the stuff back from?
I didn't even get his name. He was a tall late-'20s black guy. Really nice guy.
How much did he pay for all your stuff?
He said he paid $1,200 for everything.
Did he know the thief?
He said he didn't know the guy, had only met him twice. He said they unloaded all my gear straight from my van to him.
Did you tell the cops?
I notified the police that we recovered the equpment, but that the van is still at large.
What did they say?
The police were kind of mad that I didn't have them meet me out there at the guy's house, but I just wanted to get my stuff back. They're gonna go talk to him.
You gave them his info?
That's kinda putting him in a situation 'cause he was buying stolen property. That's the guy that called you to return you your stuff.
He said it was cool if I wanted to have the cops go there with me. He just thought it was the right thing to do. They're gonna go talk to him, but I'm urging them to leave that guy alone.
Have you been driving around where it happened, looking for the thief?
About six or seven hours a day. I only been sleeping a couple hours a night.
What you gonna do if you see them?
I'll try to keep em' in sight and then call the cops. I'm no hero.