(KMOV.com) – News 4 has learned thieves broke into and vandalized the former Archway Sound Studio.
Thieves have broken into the former studio building in pursuit of copper that may be worth $100 on the street. The building was already in a state of disrepair, but thieves have been responsible for tens of thousands of dollars in additional damage.
“I’m really disappointed because if they had just asked I would have given them what they took. I would have given it to them gladly, but they have just destroyed so much and taken so much,” said Ruby Sain, the widow of the owner.
Sain said there was a damage to a recording booth, but thieves did not take priceless audio tapes.
“It’s truly a blessing,” Sain said.
The studio was a hub for local and national blues artists in the 1960s.
“I think finally there will be steps to get the tape library in a safer place because that really is the head corner stone of this studio,” said Tom Ray with Vintage Vinyl.
Some hope to eventually turn the building into a museum. The St. Louis Blues Association is donating funds for the museum to help secure the building.