DOVER — On Oct. 14, Dave Nickolson was playing a small gig at 33 West, a popular dining and post-entertainment location in downtown Dover. When he walked out to his car that night, something was missing, Dover Police said.
Shortly after his performance his car was broken into and his iconic green Schecter Diamond Series acoustic guitar was stolen, along with numerous handwritten song lyrics.
Dover Police began to investigate the case.
Within a day, Mr. Nickolson and his wife, Kathy, posted pictures of the guitar on social media and they quickly went viral. The post was shared thousands of times and viewed by even more as Dover Police detectives continued to work the case.
Meanwhile, according to Dover Police, Mr. Nickolson was reconsidering his passion for music. The guitar was purchased for him by his mother nearly 10 years prior and had a lot of sentimental value. With his favorite instrument now gone, Mr. Nickolson found himself losing his passion for the music he enjoys performing.
On Oct. 18, authorities identified Michael Wayman as a suspect in the case and obtained warrants for his arrest. Later that day, a Dover Police detective met with Mr. Nickolson and returned his guitar. It had been found at a local pawn shop earlier in the day.
Mr. and Mrs. Nickolson were ecstatic to get the guitar back and Dave’s passion for music was immediately re-ignited, police said.
That is when the couple decided to hold a benefit music event, “Play it Back.”
The Play it Back event was held Nov. 19 at Bubba’s in Dover. It featured local bands Chill and the Rabbits, Chainbreak, and Dave’s bands Sporadic Static and Perception.
The couple partnered with several local businesses to get donations for raffles and silent auction items and charged a $10 cover at the door, with all proceeds going to the Dover Police Holiday Heroes program. The program raises money each Christmas season to allow police officers to take local children shopping for Christmas.
The Play it Back benefit raised $1,307, helping Dover Police exceed their original goal of $4,000. The event was well attended and the couple plans to “Play it Back” in 2017 and beyond, using their passion for music to benefit children and families in need in the Dover community, while showing their support for Dover Police, authorities said.
In addition to the Play It Back benefit concert, several local businesses and organizations stepped up to support the Dover Police Holiday Heroes program.
As of Tuesday, the department has raised nearly $7,600 for the 2016 program.
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