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New Low: MC Rut’s Gear, Merch Stolen Before Hometown Show

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Middle Class Rut band members Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham couldn’t believe their trailer packed with their all their equipment had been ransacked.

“They got two guitars, a snare drum, two pelican cases filled with guitar pedal and samplers,” said Lopez, MC Rut’s vocalist and guitarist. “They got tubs filled with cables for our rigs and all our CD’s and vinyls.”

Their trailer was padlocked and parked against a wall behind a locked gate off 16th Street in midtown Sacramento.

Friday, the band found that the trailer had been burglarized.

“They couldn’t get out super heavy stuff, so they grabbed anything that was set back here,” Lopez said.

Lost were several guitars, drums, pedals, cables, their banner and almost all the band’s merchandise. The band estimates that they lost about $10,000 worth of items.

Adding urgency to the situation, the band – who call Sacramento their hometown – was a headliner at Saturday’s Sactown Rocks festival in the Capitol Mall.

“Initial reaction was like, ‘How are we going to play a show?’” Lopez said.

Sacramento Police said they work closely with local pawn shops on all electronic equipment coming in – getting serial numbers, the seller’s contact information and their thumbprint.

If M.C. Rut’s equipment comes in, it will be flagged.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘Give us the serial number so if it shows up in the shop we’ll let you know right away,’” Lopez said.

Not wanting to cancel and thanks to some borrowed equipment, the show was able to go on.

“We got to roll with it. It’s not the end of the world,” Lopez said. “I just wonder who’s sitting down playing my guitar right now.”

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