Some stolen Oregon Music Hall of Fame documents recovered by police

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PORTLAND, OR — At least one signed guitar stolen from the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in February has been recovered, Portland police say. Officers were executing a search warrant in the 100 block of northeast 11th Avenue in Portland.

Officials said they also recovered other items stolen from the scene. They have not yet clarified whether the other items in the same group were stolen from the museum.

On February 27, a thief or thieves stole more than 70 guitars – many signed by famous musicians such as the Monkees and George Clinton – that the Hall of Fame was preparing to auction off to benefit their museum.

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Portland police last month executed search warrants in Gresham, Fairview and Damascus and said they recovered hundreds of items, many of them music-related. Police said the total value of these recovered items is over $100,000.

Among the items police said they recovered in March were:

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  • A Zodiac-branded rubber gunship with special tools and attachments.
  • A Graco Industrial gas-powered airless paint sprayer.
  • Signed posters, photos and album covers; and
  • Over 30 guitars.

Hours after Portland police announced the seizure, the Oregon Music Hall Fame released a statement announcing that the guitars “do not belong to us”.

Portland police have since linked the stolen equipment to a November 2021 robbery in a Washington County burglary, officials say. Portland Police have been in contact with the owner of this property as well as the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Portland police executed a second search warrant Thursday, searching a home in Boring where they said they recovered more than $25,000 in stolen Yeti products that were stolen from a storage unit in southeast Portland owned to a local branding and production company.

All of the warrants served resulted from their investigation which led to the arrest last month of Eric Michael Lamberton, a 40-year-old man from Portlan, police say.

So far, he is charged with the theft of Oregon’s only Hall of Fame guitar, while the investigation into the thefts and whereabouts of Hall of Fame merchandise continues.

Lamberton is currently being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

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