Thursday 29 September 2016

Postman baffled after €2,500 of stolen musical equipment left on his doorstep eight months later

Geraldine Gittens

Published 25/11/2015 | 09:27

Stock photo: Thieves returned two Korg keyboards, a Dynacord mixer amp and a case of leads.
Stock photo: Thieves returned two Korg keyboards, a Dynacord mixer amp and a case of leads.

A musician was left baffled last weekend when €2,500 worth of musical equipment which was stolen last month was mysteriously left outside his home in perfect condition.

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Jason Byrne (45), who works as a postman in Cork, woke up on Sunday morning to find the stolen equipment wrapped in protective plastic and in perfect working order.

Last March, Mr Byrne's car window was smashed by thieves who took two Korg keyboards, a Dynacord mixer amp and a case of leads.

“I was out playing music last March, I parked up my car with all the music and equipment, and the next morning I woke up to three guards at the door, two keyboards gone, and the car window smashed.”

“On Sunday morning, we were getting up early because we had a mass to go to, and I went in to my children’s room and I opened the curtains, and there it was.”

“It’s really strange,” Jason told RTE’s Morning Ireland today. “It was absolutely perfect. I tried it all, went through it all, it’s perfect. Obviously I’m over the moon.”

“I had a big campaign on Facebook, maybe whoever had [the equipment] couldn’t shift it, or maybe someone had a conscience and decided to return it.”

Last Sunday was the date of his late sister’s first anniversary mass, Jason added.

“We were going to a mass for my sister who died - Annie Gleeson. I kind of felt that she was looking out for me, [to think] that on the day of the mass they would leave the gear… she was always looking out for me.”

“Most people are coming up to me saying ‘is it true?’, and I don’t know what to say them.”

“My daughter used to wake up at night and say ‘are the robbers coming back?’. Now she’s telling everyone ‘oh, the robbers brought it back’, and she’s delighted.”

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