Cops, band seek return of stolen instruments
Artie Hall and the rest of the Long Ireland Pipes & Drums band members would just like to have some of their equipment returned.
A bass drum, a snare drum and a drum harness were among the items taken sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning when thieves broke into Hall's sport utility vehicle in front of his home on Oak Drive in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County police said Thursday in a crime alert.
"I have a neighbor who thinks he might have heard a noise about 2:30 in the morning, but we're not sure," said Hall, the band's drum sergeant and bass drummer.
Several other items, including a global positioning system, were taken, according to police, who released photographs of the stolen drums and harness.
Hall described the group as a civilian pipe and drum band that plays at parades and special events, and yes, including those on St. Patrick's Day. It's quasi Scotch, Irish and military music, he said.
The group is sponsored by Riverhead-based Long Ireland Beer Co. and plays at the company's events, Hall said.
Hall said he doesn't believe the drums would snare much if they were sold; the bass has a special skin with the band's emblem.
He said the drums were in softcover cases and those who took them probably didn't even know what they were.
"My guess is that if they unzipped them first they probably say what the heck are we gonna do with this; no one's going to buy them," Hall said.
Hall also said the thieves took his eyeglasses and eyeglasses from a neighbor's car.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.