Members of The Monroes found $ 100,000 worth of their stolen merchandise on the Waikato farm.
A thief threw stolen music equipment worth $ 100,000 on a ranch in Waikato, but it’s now back in the hands of its rightful owners.
Waikato squad, The Monroes, all their equipment was stolen from a Storage facility in Te RapaThis stripped them not only of equipment, but of their livelihoods.
It was a heavy blow after Covid-19 looted many of the wagons, but thanks to a helpful farmer, they found most of their stolen goods.
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“We got a call from a farmer saying he had found a batch of road bags and asked if it was our equipment,” said band member Nicola Thompson.
The farmer knew who to call thanks to widespread community efforts to return the stolen items. This also caused their properties to be too hot to sell.
“I think they wanted to steal a trailer and got more than they bargained for,” she said.
“All the posts on social media, notices put out by the community, maybe too much pressure and too much inflation, so they gave it all up.
The thief kept some items, like an iPad and laptop, along with the trailer itself.
Their gear should have been left outside for at least a few nights, but thankfully, they were protected in their case.
“They were all in mostly good condition,” Thompson said.
“Apart from some items, the thief decided to keep most of our equipment.”
Thompson said community support likely resulted in the thief dropping the items.
With no claim to the reward, the band wanted to say thanks to the Hamilton community and were planning to host a free concert.
“We just want to celebrate this feeling of community that helped us out,” Thompson said.
“We are in talks with Hamilton City Council to make this happen.”
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