Many of the Randy Rhoads-themed items stolen from a Los Angeles music school have been recovered.
NBC Los Angeles says a woman named Bobbi Fredriksz spotted the items in a North Hollywood, Calif., dumpster while she was walking her dog on Saturday. “I knew in my gut something was wrong,” she said. Fredriksz brought everything in from the rain, then called the police.
The bin contained “40 years’ worth of photos and fan gifts” that were taken on Thanksgiving night from the Musonia School of Music. Rhoads taught guitar at the school, which was founded by his mother Delores. The police also recovered a trumpet that had been given to Delores when she was a child.
“The trumpet is valuable because it’s my grandmother’s,” Nick D’Argenzio, Randy’s nephew, said. “She passed away recently. This is her legacy.”
Randy’s first electric guitar, a 1963 Harmony Rocket, remains missing. Former bandmate Ozzy Osbourne has offered $25,000 for any information that leads to the recovery of the items and the arrest of those responsible.
“[T]he school became something of a pilgrimage to his fans from all over the world,” Osbourne wrote. “It is a place where the Rhoads family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy. As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy’s first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads family.”
It is unknown if the other pieces of musical equipment, including a Peavey amplifier from the ’70s and prototype for a signature Marshall head, were included in the batch that was found.