A lifetime worth of drums were stolen in one night, and now a North Branford man is on a quest to get them back.
Some of the drums are relics, dating back to the Civil War, and others are family heirlooms, and some are just great pieces used by bands across the world.
Matt Alling works out of his home and has built Connecticut Pro-Percussion to a worldwide empire.
“I have clientele in over 50 countries,” Alling said.
But one night last week, his business took a big hit as a huge chunk of his inventory was stolen out of his East Haven storage unit.
“A lot of the things that were taken was some of my personal gear that I've collected through the years. Some of it belonged to my father and was passed down to me,” Alling said.
He added that he knew something was wrong when he saw a piece of an instrument outside his locker, and there was an entirely different lock on the door.
When he was able to break that lock and pull up the door, he saw that some of his most prized possessions were missing.
“A big portion of my life has just been stolen out from under me. A lot of things, I can't replace,” he said.
Since some of the items stolen are so unique, he believes the thieves won’t be able to resell much without getting caught.
“If they pop up anywhere on Craigslist or a local pawn shop, it would be easily identified as being stolen,” Alling said.
The items have already been plastered and shared over the internet, and experts know what to look for.
Anyone who knows anything should contact East Haven police.
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