What sucks even worse than when hearing someone in San Antonio gets their gear jacked (which, we’re sort of notorious for stealing touring bands’ gear), is when it happens to someone we know or care about.
The latest victim of thievery in the 2-1-0 is Hector Saldaña, founding member of The Krayolas, former music columnist for the Express News for over two decades and now the Texas Music Curator for the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.
In the early hours of Friday, June 8, Saldaña’s storage unit was burglarized. What was taken? A 1940s Harmony Patrician that his late father got for him in 1964, his early teenage guitars 1966 Guild Starfire III and late ‘50s Gibson ES-125 TD, a 1978 Hamer Sunburst model in custom red ordered after playing dates with Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, and a Gibson 1970 EB-1 bass.
The Harmony guitar is the one that Saldaña sang with at his father’s funeral.
He’s also used all of these guitars on Krayolas recordings (and wrote most of the songs on them).
What they know is that the burglar drove a 2014 or newer Jeep Compass or Cherokee hatchback. And that the suspect likely stashed the gear within 5-10 minutes of the storage unit, Life Storage, 7340 Blanco Road at McCarty.
Here is the security video from June 8 when the suspect first arrived (on a small bike) and punched in the code to open the security gate. He wore a bandana mask to obscure his lower face every other time he returned.
The reward is up to $5,000 if the gear is returned (SAPD case number: 18120290).