Upon returning from a monthlong tour in Europe, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor discovered that he’d been robbed of $36,000 in musical equipment. There are two degrees of suck that make this even worse: First of all, Taylor says that it was a “friend” that nabbed the gear. Secondly, two of the instruments stolen were basses once owned by former bassist Paul Gray. The Des Moines Register reports that the Taylors were already able to recover some of the equipment:
A friend told Taylor’s wife that she believed the suspect had been stealing musical equipment from the couple’s West Des Moines home and storage units, according to the report. Another friend became suspicious when he heard the suspect asking to buy equipment back from a local guitar store, the report said. A third friend was able to identify some of Taylor’s equipment at the guitar store, the report stated. The store’s manager is storing some of the stolen items and working to track down other equipment that was already sold.
The paper says that police told Taylor to change the locks on both his home and on his storage units. While I’ve never been to Des Moines, it seems like it’s a small-enough city that they already know who did it, the community is rallying behind Taylor, arguably one of the town’s most popular exports (behind corn – not the band, actual corn). Anyone deluded enough to steal from a friend deserves to get caught, and it seems like this guy will.