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SALT LAKE CITY -- When Nate Drew returned to his small studio on Salt Lake's Pierpont Ave. following the Christmas weekend, he soon realized something was wrong. All the audio cables he had stored on pegs outside his studio were gone. He soon discovered a number of other items -- including audio recorders, musical instruments and computers totaling about $15,000 -- were missing.
"It's a total loss. Our livelihood is completely gone," said Drew, who shares office space with others at 353 West Pierpont Ave. "It's all used equipment. It's all stuff that you use to make music with."
What puzzles Drew and others is that the thief or thieves bypassed other more expensive items like cameras and computer equipment to get to his things.
"I can't think of anything else except someone who wanted to make music," Drew said.
"Everything that was out there that was of value they took," said Jeffrey Parkes, Drew's business partner. It included an old computer keyboard that his late father had given him two decades ago.
But they say the real loss is the music.
"We had a lot of music. I mean, we're composers," Drew said.
Fortunately, the two had just completed one major project, but work on other shows and productions is gone.
Drew called police, who came to the studio Monday afternoon to take information. But they did not call the crime lab to collect evidence. That's because the building's owner, not noticing the missing equipment, had just assumed someone had broken a window, so he cleaned up the mess and patched the window.
Police say it is an active investigation and they have assigned a detective to the case.