CHICAGO — A Brooklyn rock band says it is out $25,000 in equipment, merchandise and personal belongings after someone stole its touring van Wednesday in Wicker Park.
Kris Kneale and Danny Rico, members of the hardcore band Go Deep, said they parked the green 2001 Ford van in Wicker Park Wednesday afternoon. When they returned at 7:30 p.m., the vehicle was gone and there was shattered glass on the street, they said.
Kneale said they met with Chicago police and gave them a list of equipment stolen, including several guitars, amps, drum pieces and recording devices.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that a report had been filed for a van theft in the 1800 block of west Evergreen Street.
"We are feeling generally sick," the band wrote on Tumblr.
Rico said he also lost the only copies he has of a solo album he's been working on for six years.
"We do crash on friends' floors and couches and stuff. [When] we do that, we bring in our personal belongings," Rico said. "We do that every night. However, in this case, [the theft] happened in broad daylight."
The band, which played the Livewire, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Tuesday, has canceled its remaining tour dates — they were scheduled to play Thursday in Toledo, Ohio, before moving on to Toronto and Ottawa in Canada. Kneale and Rico were not sure how they would get home to New York.
"People have been very supportive and are giving us places to stay, offering to make us food," Kneale said. "But we also have a PayPal set up that people are donating to, helping us."
Go Deep has posted a list of stolen instruments to Tumblr and Reddit and is asking people to be on the lookout for the band's van, a Green Ford E-350 with New York license plate GKJ3343. The van's driver-side rear view mirror has black tape holding it up, its rear right tire is missing its hubcap and there is a dent at the bottom of the rear passenger door.
Kneale and Rico toured from New York to Los Angeles, where they recorded an album, before making a return tour that took them through Canada to Chicago. Rico said the duo hadn't experienced any problems before its stop in Wicker Park.
"We're kind of at a loss," Kneale said. "We're doing everything we can to try and get [the van] back."
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