Bass stolen from Riversong Guitars in 2019 returned to owner

'It's a Christmas miracle!'

It's being called a Christmas miracle.

An acoustic bass that was stolen from Riversong Guitars in Kamloops almost a year ago has been returned.

On Dec. 27, 2019, business owner Mike Miltimore received a disheartening phone call letting him know that his shop had been broken into.

Taken were the company's marketing laptop, a guitar and a five-string bass.

"When that happened, we were heartbroken," the local entrepreneur says in a recent Facebook video.

He notes he built the instrument for tradeshows, to "put our best foot forward" and that there are only two in existence. The other one belongs to Hedley bassist Tommy Mac.

Earlier this week, Miltimore received a phone call from a longtime customer, a "very, very famous poet and musician," who wished to remain anonymous. 

"They said, 'Hey listen, I’ve got your bass. I just bought it off somebody,'" Miltimore explains in the video. "He came in today, he brought my bass... I'm so excited to have this."

The instrument is in remarkable shape, he adds.

Miltimore gave the Good Samaritan a store credit, given that he paid for it.

"I don’t know who broke into our shop but I’m really, really happy and it’s a Christmas miracle getting back this acoustic bass."

Editor's note: For those wondering who the "very, very famous poet and musician" living in Kamloops is, Mike Miltimore tells Castanet the individual is not in fact famous. Rather, he cracked a joke and poked fun at the person wishing to stay anonymous. 

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