Safety warning about guitar amplifier stolen during Swindon burglary

By Jamie Hill - 26 December 2018


Wiltshire Police are issuing a warning about an item of stolen property which was taken during a burglary in Swindon.

A guitar amplifier was one of a number of items stolen during a burglary at a residential garage in St Mary's Grove overnight between Monday 15 October 2018 and Tuesday 16 October 2018.

All the other items have now been recovered, however the outstanding amplifier has failed a PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) test, meaning it could pose a significant hazard to anyone who uses it.

PC Lang, from Swindon South Community Policing Team, said: "We would of course always strongly advise people against buying or handling stolen goods. Not only is it unethical - these are items which have been stolen during a burglary - but it is also illegal and the people involved risk being arrested.

"However, this case also highlights the safety issues around buying items when you have no idea where they have come from and whether they have passed the relevant safety tests.

"We know that in the build-up to Christmas people will be tempted by goods offered at seemingly irresistible prices, but if something seems too good to be true then it probably is.

"Please be on the look out for this amplifier being offered for sale and contact police if you have information - you could potentially be saving someone's life."

The stolen amplifier is a Polytone mini Brute amplifier. A picture of a similar amplifier is attached to this release.

A 24-year-old man from Swindon has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and released under investigation while our enquiries continue.

Anyone with information should contact PC Lang on 101, quoting crime reference 54180097891. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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