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Mountain Standard Time -- Instruments Stolen on I-76 near Wiggins, CO. on 7/27/09

Bluegrass band's equipment stolen from trailer near Wiggins

A Colorado bluegrass band traveling home from a concert in Minnesota had all of its equipment stolen after its trailer broke down near Wiggins.

Nederland-based Mountain Standard Time lost all of its musical instruments and other equipment in the roadside burglary on Interstate 76 early Monday morning.

The band members were heading home from the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota on Sunday night when the trailer got a flat tire near mile marker 68 of I-76, about two miles east of the Wiggins interchange, Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone said.

According to an e-mail from the band members, they locked the trailer and left it overnight on the freeway shoulder, planning to obtain a new tire the following morning.

When they returned, someone had broken into the trailer and stolen all of their equipment, which band members said was valued at almost $15,000.

Crone said the sheriff’s department actually received a report from a passing motorist about a trailer on the roadside that appeared to have been burglarized, before the department heard from members of the band.

“It sounds like they left the trailer about 3 a.m. (Monday), and we got a call about 9 a.m. that there was a trailer that looked like it had been broken into,” Crone said. “Later they called us and we took the report.”

According to the e-mail from the band, "every instrument, cable, mike, direct box, pedals, drum kit and
hardware, amp, everything..." was taken from the trailer.

Mountain Standard Time is scheduled to play at a number of venues in the next few weeks, but without its instruments and equipment it may not be able to appear.

Friends of the band are asking for donations or loaned equipment to help the band rebuild from the loss.
Anyone with equipment that could help is asked to call Phillip Dyer at 303-258-3064 or email

Band members also asked anyone with any information that might help with the investigation into the theft to call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 542-3445.

Among the instruments stolen were guitars, violins and mandolins, as well as other equipment like amplifiers, the band said.