2015-12-16 / Front Page

Cops Nab Man In $4K Guitar Rob

By Liz Goff
Cops said Steven Proios, 32, was arrested on December 1

Police are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a brazen thief who stole a custom Gibson guitar from a Long Island City music outlet on October 18 – two weeks after another man stole an electric drum kit from the 48th Street store.

Cops said the second theft occurred at about 3:50 p.m. when a man walked into the Guitar Center outlet store on 48th Street near Northern Boulevard, where he removed the custom Gibson guitar valued at $4,650 from a display stand, stuffed it under his shirt and made off with the instrument, unnoticed by store staffers.

The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video stealing the guitar, is described as a white male, 30-years-old, 5-feet, 10-inches tall and 165 pounds. He was wearing a two-tone gray long-sleeved shirt over a black T-shirt with a white front design, blue jeans, black sneakers and eyeglasses at the time of the theft.

This was the second time in October that the Long Island City Guitar Center outlet was robbed in broad daylight by a thief who hid an item in his clothing, police said.

Cops said the first robbery occurred at about 3 p.m. on October 2, when a man entered the Guitar Center outlet, grabbed a Roland Electric Drum Kit module and walked out of the store unnoticed by employees.

Police said store staffers were apparently not paying attention when the man fled with the drum kit.

That suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, about 6-feet, 5-inches tall and 270 pounds. He was wearing a striped, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a gray woolen hat at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information on either suspect is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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