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Frank Black's Gear Swiped

Catholics robbed on Good Friday

April 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Early this morning, Frank Black and the Catholics had their trailer, which contained all of their gear, stolen. The bandits made off with approximately $60,000 to $75,000 in equipment from the parking lot of the Lester, Pennsylvania Econo Lodge (just outside of Philadelphia).

The pilfered gear includes several Fender Telecaster guitars from the late Fifties and Sixties, Vox Amps AC 30s, two pedal steel guitars, a 1972 Fender Precision bass, a Gibson Les Paul Rose Top and an entire drum kit.

The band, currently on tour in support of the recently released Dog in the Sand, is asking fans to help out by scouring pawn shops and online trading sites for the missing gear. If you or someone you know have any information on the gear or the missing trailer, the band's label, What Are Records?, urges you to contact them at (303) 440-0666 or email them at jillian@war.com, ashley@war.com or bethany@war.com.

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