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POWAY , Calif. — Thieves broke into a Poway music promotion company over the weekend and took off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

San Diego Music.TV helps local artists break into the music industry by producing free shows and videos. Sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning burglars broke into the Poway headquarters.

imageOwner Megan Erickson got a call about the burglary Monday morning.

“I kind of thought it was an April Fools joke or something,” said Erickson. “And he’s like ‘No. Everything’s gone.’”

The thieves took lots of computer and video equipment, hard drives and cameras, as well as three custom made Taylor guitars donated for new artists to use.

“Now, nobody gets that opportunity to play on guitars,” said Erickson. “That they probably never would have gotten the chance to play on.”

The burglars also damaged the green screen in the studio.

“This is our second home and its kind of a violation for strangers to come into our home,” said Sean McManus, web developer and sound operator. “The home that we open up to our artists and bands to come in and basically go through and ruffle through our stuff.”

For employees the hardest part is losing the footage and graphic art that was stored on the computers and hard drives. A lot of the video was for projects that had not yet been released and now it’s lost.

“It’s really hard,” said Erickson. “That all this good work we’ve been doing has been taken away from us.”

San Diego Music.TV is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and/or recovery of the stolen property. If you have any information you’re asked to contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Poway station at 858-513-2800.

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