A Kamloops guitar manufacturer is hoping for a post-Christmas miracle after a burglar bagged his marketing laptop weeks before a make-or-break trade show.
Mike Miltimore said he was awoken early Friday morning (Dec. 27) by a call from his alarm company reporting a break-in at his Riversong Guitars factory on Lorne Street.
“They said there was a glass break and a door trip,” he said. “I got right into my car and drove there.”
Miltimore said he arrived to find police clearing the building. The burglar was gone, he said, as was the laptop belonging to Riversong’s marketing manager.
Miltimore said the laptop is quite old and wouldn’t be worth much, but its contents — marketing materials, digital copies of catalogues and other business data — could have a big impact on his bottom line.
The North American Music Merchants trade show begins in California on Jan. 16. Miltimore said he had been planning to be there a few days ahead of the event.
“It’s the make or break kind of show for the year,” he said. “It’s such an important show for us.”
Miltimore said he is hoping to appeal to the kindness of the person who stole the laptop.
“I’d like them to return it, no questions asked,” he said. “It’s not because it’s worth anything. It’s a pretty old laptop. It’s for the data that’s on it.”
Miltimore said he will pay a finder’s fee, which he said may be more than what the thief would get on the black market.
“That would be amazing,” he said. “Imagine one last Christmas miracle.”
Miltimore is asking anyone with information to call him at 250-319-5050 or the RCMP at 250-828-3000.