Farmington police investigate burglary at Hewitt’s Music

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published March 10, 2020

 The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a early 2000s Ford F-150 pickup truck that is dark blue or black in color, with an extended cab and a white or silver tailgate.

The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a early 2000s Ford F-150 pickup truck that is dark blue or black in color, with an extended cab and a white or silver tailgate.

Photo provided by the Farmington Public Safety Department

 Unknown suspects threw a brick through Hewitt’s Music’s window March 10 and stole instruments on display.

Unknown suspects threw a brick through Hewitt’s Music’s window March 10 and stole instruments on display.

Photo by Jonathan Shead

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The Farmington Public Safety Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. March 10 at Hewitt’s Music, 23330 Farmington Road, in the downtown Farmington Center. 

Farmington Public Safety Detective Matt Miracle said police were notified of the incident after they “were contacted by a passerby earlier today.” 

Hewitt’s Music owner Phil Hewitt said police notified him of the burglary around 5:30 a.m. and he arrived at the store around 6 a.m. that morning. 

According to a news release, an unknown suspect(s) used a brick to break out a front window at the music shop and steal instruments on display. The suspects fled the scene shortly after. 

Hewitt said three instruments were stolen: a Besson silver-plated B-flat trumpet valued at $1,900, a Buffet intermediate “performance level” alto saxophone with a vintage matte finish valued at $3,300, and a red plastic practice trumpet valued at $125. 

He believes the fact the suspect(s) stole a plastic trumpet indicates they didn’t know what they were stealing. 

Video surveillance footage from near the incident shows the suspect fleeing the scene in an early 2000s Ford F-150 pickup that is dark blue or black in color, with an extended cab and a white or silver tailgate. Miracle said the department is currently unaware of who the suspect(s) may be. 

Hewitt’s store has an alarm system, though it didn’t activate until police officers walked inside the building, Hewitt said. The store also has motion sensors, he said, though they were set in a different location and didn’t detect the front window being broken. 

Hewitt has taken extra precautionary steps since the incident, setting up new cameras at the store. He’s also working with his business neighbors — AT&T and the U.S. Postal Service — to obtain video surveillance footage from their cameras, which may help identify the suspect(s) involved. 

“I’m kind of leaning on other businesses,” Hewitt said. “Police said there’s cameras at the (Riley Park Sundquist) pavilion with the angles on it, but I don’t know. I have a feeling somebody came from the left side, smashed a brick and ran back the same way and took off. I don’t even have a timeframe of it. I would say probably between midnight and 5 a.m., I imagine.”

Still in the early stages of the investigation, Miracle said the department is seeking the public’s help. 

“Anyone that can help identify the vehicle or the occupants or owner of the vehicle” is asked to call Miracle at (248) 474-5500, ext. 2239. 

Hewitt said he’s not worried that the incident will negatively impact his business. He said he has had many customers and passersby coming into the store the morning of the incident to express their condolences. He said it’s “heartwarming” to have the community show their support that way. 

“I don’t think somebody smashing and grabbing something in the window is going to affect my business at all,” he said, adding that the store has been in business for 100 years this year. “It just concerns me that this is still going on in this day and age. … It’s more or less upsetting. I don’t care if I see the instruments again, but it just — it happens.” 

Call Staff Writer Jonathan Shead at (586) 498-1093. 

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