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Band's van broken into, instruments stolen in downtown St. Louis hotel garage

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Another band's tour van was targeted by thieves in the city of St. Louis.

Sometime after 12 a.m. Wednesday morning thieves broke into the van of the band named Two Cow Garage, stealing more than $12,000 worth of equipment and instruments. It's a trend police have noticed over the last several months, and the band was aware of the potential problem.

“We spent extra money on a nicer hotel with a gated garage just because we knew St. Louis was having these issues,” said band member David Murphy.

The band was staying at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown St. Louis, their van parked on the second floor of the gated garage.

News 4 made repeated attempts to speak with the hotel management. They said only the general manager could comment and he has yet to return repeated calls.

Two Cow Garage played a show at The Demo in The Grove on Tuesday night. Thieves targeting tour vans has venues stepping up their security.

“You can see tour vans everywhere, we try to keep an eye out, try to keep watch,” said Brandon Cavanagh, the manager at The Demo.

Some of the instruments stolen include a Gibson Les Paul Traditional, Gibson SG Special, and Fender '52 reissue Telecaster, to name a few. Now the community is stepping in to help. More than $10,000 was raised as of Wednesday night on a GoFundMe page.

The band says they're overwhelmed by the support and says this crime won't stop them from returning to St. Louis.

“We've been playing St. Louis for years, we'll be back,” said Murphy.

The band has a show scheduled for May 21 at Off Broadway. Cavanagh also hopes this won't stop other bands from coming to town.

“It's tough but it doesn't represent St. Louis, it is the outlier and know were working together to solve this solution and make a permanent solution,” he said.

Police do not have any suspects in custody.

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