1 Opie 6 months ago First a little background. A dear friend and bandmate is terminally ill with stage 4 cancer. As if this wasn't bad enough, he is on the verge of being homeless, living behind a guys house in what is essentially a shack with primitive plumbing. He's been in denial about how bad it was until his last doctor visit I took him to where the Doc laid it out for him. He wanted me to gather up his guitars for safe keeping, calling me the executor of his guitars. Three of them were in the property owner's house, a 1965 sunburst Gibson 335 12 string, a 1934 Martin 0-17 all mahogany, and a mid 70's cherry Gibson SG.All three were missing. The owner, in his 80's, was freaked. My friend, already having the metaphorical dagger jabbed in his gut, just had the blade twisted. This is really all he has to leave his family, and the first two have always been in the family. This happened last Thursday. The owner said they could not have been gone long. A side note, the man's son lives with him as well, has COPD.We've known both for decades, the man is above board, the son not so much. More on him later.My friend is well known to area musicians, so my game plan was 1- call cops, make a report. 2- posted on craigslist a description of guitars along with a $600 reward, most of which the owner of the house put up. My friend is way to ill to do any of this ,so it's my phone # is on the listing. 3-contacted local blues society and music venues spreading the word. 4- checking in on local pawn shops. 5- contacting the officer who made the report every so often.Fast forward to yesterday morning, 10:20. Receive a call with a guy, very southern accent, where he asks if I have some missing guitars. I ask him who is this, he says never mind my name do you? I describe all three and he tells me he bought the first two for $350 and saw the SG. Says he's a truck driver from the midwest ,was passing through and bought them from a guy and his girl friend. The description matches the homeowners son to a t. He keeps saying he paid $350 for them so I tell him about the reward of $600, saying turn them over to any authorities and he'll be up $250. Now I wasn't born yesterday, and in the back of my mind had the thought that he could be scamming me, and kept expecting him to say send money, then I'll turn them over. But he didn't, that plus his description of the thief made a believer out of me.But he kept hemming and hawing about when I pleaded with him to turn them in. He finally hung up on me. It occurred to me after that he just wanted badly not to get involved, and that $250 was just not enough incentive for him to come forward.So, I immediately *69 him to get his number, then call the sheriff with what I had. In my mind, he could be anywhere and likely just wanted his $350 back, so time was/is of the essence. Now for the brick wall of bureaucracy.Call the sheriff, first they give you someone who tells you an officer will call and take the info. I explain the urgency of the situation , the person informs me that he can't take the info, an officer will call.I'm pacing like crazy, visualizing a quick sale taking place at a truckstop somewhere, when a call from a Law Enforcement Officer would be all the incentive this guy probably needs to do the right thing. So, I go on line ,fighting the urge to call the truck driver back, figuring leave it to the professionals. Online I find the guys name and location. He lives in Nashville, which matches his accent perfect. Two hours go by, I call the cops again, repeat my story, give case number, tell them I got his number and his name.They tell me an officer will call back. Finally, about 2pm said officer calls, I tell him everything, he says he'll pass it on to whatever detective is handling it. Huh? Now I know to the cops, this is same old,same old. But I have no clue as to what if anything is being done. When you call to ask, all they will give you is we're looking into it. When I ask for info, they say I can request a case report. So I guess dayly I'm supposed to get a new case report to read to see what they've done? So here I am 24 hours later, tempted to call the truck driver back and say I know who you are, the cops know who you are, turn them over ! But I want to do this right, not mess things up. So I gotta ask you guys, at this point what would you do? Especially any of you involved in the law in your profession.