Kathleen Edwards reunited with stolen 6-string 10 months after theft
'Today I got an early birthday present,' musician writes on social media
Ottawa-area musician Kathleen Edwards has her valuable 1957 Les Paul Junior guitar back after it was stolen from her home 10 months ago.
Edwards posted a photo of the rare instrument with its sunburst finish via the photo-sharing app Instagram on Tuesday. The guitar is missing strings and its bridge.
"Today I got an early birthday present," she wrote. "Story to follow."
i know i'm a good person and that i'm good to others. getting my guitar back today feels like the world has my back too.—@kittythefool
Edwards wrote on Twitter that a Good Samaritan came into her coffee shop in the Ottawa neighbourhood of Stittsville Tuesday morning saying that while walking his dog at a nearby park he found a garbage bag with guitars inside.
Edwards said she confirmed the guitars were hers.
"They were dumped in Stittsville, a kilometre or so from the shop. Undamaged. I am over the moon," she wrote.
"I also appreciate that whoever stole the instruments came to their senses and did the right thing by returning them to me," she said.
Guitar taken last year
In a message posted on her Facebook page in August 2015, Edwards said the guitar was likely taken by someone who came in through an unlocked back door of her home in the southwest Ottawa suburb of Stittsville.
In her original post, Edwards said this model of guitar doesn't get sold or played in front of people without drawing attention, and it would be better for whoever took it to return it.
"If the guitar is returned, I can accept a 'no questions asked' agreement,'" Edwards said. "Whether that means the guitar is returned to my business, Quitters coffee, to my home, or through a mutual acquaintance. I can accept a foolish drunken teenage lapse of judgment, a momentary hiccup in your moral being.
"I can promise you that the instrument will not make you money, it will not go unnoticed and you will at some point be caught.
"Do the right thing," she wrote.