Stolen guitar recovered by police
November 15, 2012
An elated family will be reunited with a precious electric guitar but five war medals are still missing after their home was burgled.
Police have recovered some of the stolen goods including the family’s Ford Mondeo and an electric guitar made by the eldest son in a GCSE design and technology project, after their home was ransacked by thieves while they were on holiday.
The burglars also stole irreplaceable jewellery, another electric guitar and a 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, The Defence Medal, The War Medal 1939-1945 and a New Zealand War Service Medal, which had been awarded to an uncle who flew with Bomber Command in the Second World War.
This week the family from Silverdale Road, Wargrave, thanked detectives for their efforts. The dad of two, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We were elated to hear the police had recovered the guitar and other items.
“We are so pleased for my son as he put so much effort into that guitar.
“The police have done a fantastic job. We know they’ve put quite a focus on trying to find it and they’ve been very understanding and sympathetic.”
The family will have the guitar, an amp, some effects pedals, a box of silver cutlery, some costume jewellery, PlayStation 3 games and the car returned, however some items may need to be kept for a time as evidence in a future trial.
Two men have been remanded in custody after appearing at Reading Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Christopher Kupiec, 31, of Hazel Road, Purley, was charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft relating to the theft of two bronze cannons from a property in Sonning Common between Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, one count of driving a motor vehicle without a licence and one count of driving a motor vehicle without insurance.
Peter Cripps, 31, of Romsey Road, Tilehurst, was charged with one count of burglary.
They are due to appear at Reading Crown Court on Monday, November 19.
A 32-year-old man from Tilehurst was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed until Tuesday, December 11.