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Police: Man stole guitars worth $5K, tried to pawn them for hundreds

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- A man is accused of stealing two guitars worth almost $5,000 from a north Austin guitar store last month and later trying to pawn them off for just hundreds, according to documents filed in court. 

On the afternoon of Nov. 21, police say 28-year-old Matthew Munsinger and another person walked into Resurrection Guitar store at 812 Morrow St.

Munsinger "grabbed two guitars from a display near the entrance and fled the scene in a vehicle which was waiting outside," officials wrote. The other person also allegedly tried to grab two guitars but was too short and dropped them before fleeing. 

The two guitars Munsinger allegedly stole were a Fender American Original Telecaster worth $1,999 and a Fender Limited Edition Jazzmaster worth $2,999. Both guitars had serial numbers. 

Just half an hour later, Munsinger allegedly pawned the Telecaster for $600. Three days later, he is accused of pawning the Jazzmaster for $500. Munsinger's state-issued Texas ID was used to complete both transactions.

Despite extensive video footage of the transactions and the robbery, Munsinger denied his involvement to investigators, claiming his ID had been stolen. 

Munsinger was charged with one count of felony theft and his bond was set at $7,500. 


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