A Chicago history of taken band gear

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Liam Neeson in a scene from "Taken 2." (Handout )
April 30, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Several musicians made the news in recent years after they got robbed while touring through Chicago.

Oregon-based band Portugal. The Man lost $80,000 worth of gear after playing Lollapalooza in 2011. But the story has a somewhat happy ending: Chicago police officers recovered some of the gear after it was sold at the 40th and Ashland Avenue Swap-O-Rama later that summer.

San Francisco-based band FayRoy parked their van, with all of their instruments inside of it, in Ukranian Village on Sept. 9 after playing Moe's Tavern. The van was stolen overnight.

The Powder Room and Vincas had their van broken into while touring through Logan Square on Nov. 8, losing a long list of instruments, pedals, and electronics.

Lousiana quartet Brass Bed's van was broken into after they played a show at Subterranean on Jan. 14. It's the second time they've been robbed in Chicago.

Blues musician Harry Manx lost his signature Mohan Veena, a guitar used in classical Indian music, when was allegedly stolen from the O'Hare International Airport baggage claim on Feb. 21.

Guitarist Zakk Wylde's Gibson Les Paul guitar, valued at $10,000, was stolen from his tour bus outside the Chicago Theatre on March 14.

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