Stockton Man Believes House was Targeted After Thieves Break in Twice in Four Days

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STOCKTON -- A man living in a home for sale in Stockton to keep an eye on the property for the owner says he lost his musical equipment after the house was broken into two times in four days.

"So yeah, it's just a target, they know the house is for sale, they know only one person is there. They get in and they take all the time they want. They can sit there and make lunch," Mike said.

Mike told FOX40 burglars broke into the home off River Road in Stockton last Thursday through a back window. Then on Monday, he said, burglars kicked in a back door.

He said whoever committed the crime stole his generator, power drills, two keyboards and two guitars.

"One guitar, my brother gave it to me, so it had some sentimental value. But dollar-wise, it's not a lot," Mike said.

Playing the instruments was one of his favorite pastimes. Mike said he sang regularly at weekly jam sessions at Whirlows on Pacific Avenue and enjoyed being a part of the local music scene.

"It's just fun, the camaraderie, the music family," Mike said.

The owners of Whirlows and Taps Barrel House in Stockton said it was unfortunate that Mike was victimized, but that friends within their circle had reached out to him to try to replace his stolen items.

"We have to watch out for each other. We have to support our police officers and our community, you also have to watch what's going on around you," Lisa Whirlow said.

Mike filed two police reports for the break ins. If you have any information about the crimes or have any idea where Mike's guitars and keyboards showed up, contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

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