BURLINGTON, N.C. — Detectives with the Burlington Police Department are searching for two people in connection with last week’s burglary at Lowe Vintage Instrument Company.
Detectives have obtained warrants for Terron Lanard Smith, 33, and Addie Reid III, 49, both of Winston-Salem, for obtaining property by false pretense. Smith is also wanted for aiding and abetting felony larceny.
Lowe Vintage General Manager Will Lowe said he was the only employee in the store at the time. He said he was helping a man at the register when he noticed another man near the exit grab three banjos and run off.
Burlington police said the man who pretended to be interested in an instrument was Smith.
As Smith was distracting Lowe, police said a second man entered the store wearing a black toboggan and a black jacket and then proceeded to grab three banjos worth $17,000.
According to police, the man fled the scene in a white 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and immediately sold the stolen banjos to Worthridge Auctions in Greensboro.
Worthridge Auctions contacted Lowe that same day and confirmed that the banjos were stolen.
Police said Smith has been linked to another vintage instrument theft in Concord.
Burlington Police are still searching for Reid and Smith.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500 or Burlington / Alamance Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.