SAN FRANCISCO — A Bay Area bass player's most prized possession was stolen Friday by thieves who may have known he was on the road with his multi-platinum band Evanescence.
Burglars broke into Tim McCord's second-story apartment through a bathroom window and ransacked the apartment, taking the musician's most prized possession: a bass guitar given to him by his father.
It's also the instrument used to compose songs in McCord's band Evanescense.
McCord said the sentimental value of his 1970s-era bass guitar is priceless.
"I'm a professional musician. I was taught to play guitar by my Dad," McCord said during a phone interview.
McCord's father gave his son the instrument before dying of cancer 12 years ago.
"I love my dad," McCord said. "This is something I had to remember him by."
McCord is currently on tour in Japan with Evanescense.
Just a month ago, he brought his prized guitar home to keep it from getting banged up on the road.
McCord and his girlfriend Ashley Dunlop said they never thought it would be coveted by thieves. Burglars took the instrument, computers and electronics. Dunlop wonders why her apartment was targeted.
"I would say it's the single most important possession that he has," Dunlop said. "It could have been a former maintenance worker, a former tenant, someone who knew the building. At the very least someone who'd been watching the apartment for a little while."
Dunlop said she has seen no sign of the guitar on Craigslist or eBay yet.
San Francisco police are investigating.
"We have one lead that I'm working on at this point, whether that pans out for us, I don't know, but it's a good lead," said San Francisco police inspector Jim Kelley.
"At this point it's not about catching somebody, or imprisoning anyone," Dunlop said. "It's not about getting revenge, it's just about getting it back."
Dunlop's posted reward signs in the neighborhood. She said the guitar's case was also stolen and had a very distinctive yellow sticker with the letters "NFG" written on it.
She said she hopes someone will turn it over to police.
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