Gear Thieves Flock in Droves to SXSW for Yearly Haul

“It’s that time again, better than Christmas!” Sal “Slick” Samone (42) of Tulsa, Oklahoma tells that the haul from SXSW brings in nearly 60% of the yearly profits for his small enterprise. He explains it’s not easy, there’s loads of competition driving in from all over the U.S. to get a piece of the pie.

Estimates have shown numbers ranging from $300,000 all the way up to $800,000 worth of gear can be snagged within the festivals week-long celebration of music, film and technology.

“Last year we hit one van that had a good $35,000 in gear in it alone. Three years ago we scored a 1958 Telecaster worth over $65,000 on the black market. There’s some real gold out here and it’s not that hard to find.”

Samone finished by telling us there were rumors of extending SXSW to twice a year. He said if this happens he’s really looking forward to an early retirement and settling down in Florida.

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