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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 September, 2003, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
US musician has guitars stolen
A Toyota Hiace
The items were stolen from a Toyota Hiace
An American musician visiting friends in Surrey has had three guitars stolen from the back of a car.

Pat O'Brien also had his passport, driving licence, credit cars and some money taken from the car.

One of the three guitars taken was a Fender Stratocaster which had been specially hand-made for him and is described as very rare.

Mr O'Brien, a blues musician who has played with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King, has offered a reward.

Surrey Police said on Tuesday the items were taken from a grey Toyota Hiace with blacked out windows, which was parked off Waverley Lane in Farnham at about 1620 BST on 1 September.

Sentimental value

The US passport and Texas driving licence were in the names of William Patrick O'Brien and the credit card, from the Ozona Bank, had the name Pat O'Brien on it.

The guitars were the hand-made red Fender Stratocaster, a brown Guild electro-acoustic guitar and a silver National Sterling electric guitar.

Mr O'Brien, who was in Surrey visiting friends, told police the guitars were of great sentimental value and cannot be replaced.

He has offered a reward for the recovery of the stolen property.

The money taken from the car was in US Dollars and police said they were trying to identify a man who visited a bureau de change in Farnham town centre late on the same afternoon trying to sell US Dollars.

Anyone with information on the theft or the man trying to change up the money is asked to contact Surrey Police.

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