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Arrest warrant issued for suspect in theft of 54-40’s guitars

New Westminster police have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect charged with stealing several guitars belonging to rock band 54-40.
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54-40's Neil Osborne is seen playing a concert with a 1957 Fender Esquire

New Westminster police have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect charged with stealing several guitars belonging to rock band 54-40.

Police say 39-year-old Yannick LePage will face charges of possession of stolen property in connection to the guitar thefts. Seven vintage guitars valued at $50,000 were discovered missing on Oct. 5, shortly before the band performed two shows at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom. Five of the guitars were recovered Oct. 7 at a Surrey storage locker, after New Westminster police executed a search warrant. Two acoustic Gibson guitars belonging to the group have not yet been found.

“We are trying to find [LePage] to make an arrest in this case,” Sergeant Jeff Scott told Global News.

Members of the group behind the hits Ocean Pearl, Baby Ran, and I Go Blind live in Victoria, Esquimalt, Salt Spring Island and Vancouver. They have earned eight Juno Award nominations during their 38-year career.

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