The bassist for the rock band Evanescence had a highly sentimental guitar stolen from his San Francisco apartment Tuesday, said his girlfriend, who is hoping the brazen thief has a change of heart in time for Valentine’s Day.
Tim McCord’s bass guitar was taken from the couple’s second-floor apartment in the North of Panhandle neighborhood last week, said Ashley Dunlop, 25.
“It happened within 15 minutes of me leaving for work,” she said. “So I absolutely think it was targeted — it’s just too much of a coincidence.” Other items also were stolen, including a computer and electronics, Dunlop said.
The thieves managed to get past the building’s secured entranceway, then entered the apartment through a bathroom window, she said.
A neighbor walking by noticed the apartment’s window was open just 15 minutes after Dunlop left for work.
McCord’s father, a Sacramento musician, bequeathed the instrument to his son before he died 12 years ago, Dunlop said. McCord took the guitar on tour for years, stopping only last month.
“He brought it home to keep it safe, so it didn’t get so beat up on the road,” Dunlop said.
A week and a half later, the valued guitar is now gone.
“I would love to have it back by Valentine’s Day,” Dunlop said. “It means so much to him. It would just be the ultimate gift.”
Dunlop said she is working with police, who are canvassing local pawnshops. She decided to put out a call to the public on behalf of her 32-year-old boyfriend, who is currently on tour with the band in Asia and was “devastated” to learn of the theft.
“We’re really not looking for restitution or to prosecute, we just want it returned,” Dunlop said.
The guitar is described as a tobacco-burst Yamaha BB11005 four-string electric bass that was stolen with a black case with a yellow, circular sticker bearing the initials “NFG.”
McCord has been a member of Evanescence since 2006. The band released its third studio album in October. It won Grammy Awards in 2004 for best new artist and best hard rock performance.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
The band released its first studio album in 2003.
15 Years together
3 Studio albums
2 Grammy Awards
25M Albums sold since 2003
Source: Evanescence official fan site