Camden Guitars shop boss: I’ve been ‘knifed in the back’ by £2,000 mic theft
Two thousand pound microphone goes missing after recording session in basement
30 March, 2017 — By William McLennan
Deicola Neves, owner of Camden Guitars
THE owner of a Camden Town guitar shop feels “knifed in the back” after a man posing as a struggling artist allegedly stole thousands of pounds of equipment from his basement recording studio.
Deicola Neves, who owns Camden Guitars in Chalk Farm Road, said that a man booked a three-hour session, but part-way through he snuck off carrying a £2,000 microphone.
Mr Neves, who opened the store three years ago after four years running a stall in the market across the road, said: “I just trusted him as a normal customer. We have people all the time. We have bands in there. We never have a problem.
“It’s really upsetting and frustrating. It’s like being knifed in the back from artist to artist.”
The man made off with a Neumann u87Ai microphone, Mr Neves said. He asked people to be on the lookout for anyone sell- ing that model online or in pawn shops.
The shop in Chalk Farm Road
The independent shop serves as a community hub for musicians, Mr Neves said.
“We support a lot of buskers and I help a lot of musicians,” he added. “We don’t want to be like a big shop and make people leave a passport and £1,000 deposit, but this is forcing me to be like that.
“I’m not going to be looking in everyone’s bag but we need to be a bit more secure now.”
Mr Neves said he had not asked the man for a deposit or proof of identity, instead trusting him as a fellow musician.
He said that, after an hour in the studio, the man went outside to use his phone.
“He said he was going outside to call the singer. Then after five minutes I thought: Hold on, some- thing is not right. I went downstairs, everything was cleared out, all the microphones.”
He said he has tracked down a suspect online, after checking the inter- net history of the record- ing studio’s computer and found he was still logged into his email and social media accounts.
Mr Neves has reported the theft to police, who had yet to visit the store this week.
“The police said that if there is not a camera showing him putting it inside his bag, there’s nothing they can do,” he said.
Along with the micro- phone, an iKey – a piece of hardware that needs to be plugged into a computer to unlock music editing software – was taken.
Without it, Mr Neves cannot finish editing his own music project, which he said was “90 per cent” completed. His insurance does not cover the theft.
He appealed for any- one with information to contact him on camden firstname.lastname@example.org.