Vintage guitar stolen from rock band 54-40 found during Surrey police raid

A police raid of an apartment in Surrey, B.C., has solved a two-year-old mystery about a valuable guitar belonging to a member of Canadian rock band 54-40.

Chilliwack RCMP say an investigation of a break-in led them to a suite in Surrey where a Gibson Dove acoustic guitar was among many items recovered.

The vintage instrument was one of seven stolen from 54-40 in October 2018 when their parked van was targeted by thieves in New Westminster, B.C.

Five of the guitars, described by the band as “the most unique” of the set, were recovered soon after, but the Gibson Dove and the seventh instrument, a mandolin, remained missing.

Charges are being considered against two people arrested and released in the Surrey raid, which RCMP say also uncovered credit cards, jewelry, firearms and electric scooters.

B.C.-based 54-40 has had four platinum albums and eight Juno nominations since the band, comprising Dave Genn, Neil Osborne, Matt Johnson and Brad Merritt, launched in 1981. The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

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