LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A local musician wants his audience to join him – not by singing along with him, but by tracking down the people who stole his car, and all the equipment he had inside it.
Tony Anderson’s blue 1999 Mercury sedan was stolen while he was packing up after a show at Pit Stop BBQ on Baseline Road on Saturday.
“I thought it was a joke,” he recalled. “I thought one of the guys, one of my band members, grabbed my car, turned it around to the back of the building, and I just thought it was a joke. But it wasn’t no joke, man.”
He had speakers, monitors, microphones, a blue Ibanez acoustic-electric guitar, and other gear inside the car. But most important was the white Fender Stratocaster which Anderson has played since 1988.
“One of my boys is gonna get that guitar, and I’d like to get it back,” he said. “Cause I ain’t gonna last that much longer, and I’d like to pass it on down the line, you know?”
Anderson was performing to help a man who was hurt in a motorcycle crash and could not pay his medical bills.
“I play every benefit I can,” he claimed. “You know, if somebody needs me, I’ll be there, you know what I mean?”
Anderson blames himself, in part, for the theft of his car. Saturday was a hot day, so he started the car to allow the air conditioning to run while he finished collecting his gear inside the restaurant.“It’s so my own fault for leaving it running, even for a few seconds,” he admitted. “And I want to beat myself to death over it, you know, and ever since it happened, I’ve just been so upset over it, and it ain’t nobody’s fault but my own.”
He posted to Facebook a few photos from the restaurant’s surveillance cameras of the suspects, a man and a woman. A few people responded to his post and told him they might know who the suspects are. Anderson hopes they are right.
“[The Fender] was my friend, you know? I know it’s crazy,” he said, “but I really liked the guitar, you know. And I’d like to get the car back, too. Everything else is replaceable; that guitar is not.”
Anderson said many fellow musicians have reached out to him in the aftermath of the robbery. Some have offered guitars for him to play. Others have offered other equipment he can use during his performances.
“It just feels really good, because I know I’ve got friends,” he mentioned.
But he remains optimistic that someone can help detectives find his favorite, white Fender.
Here's Tony when he joined THV11's Tom Brannon to sing at 'Stuff the Sleigh' in December 2015.