City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818
www.sacpd.org

MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20090714-146
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Police Search For Custom Instruments

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the communities help in locating items stolen during an arson/murder. 

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 1:28 p.m., the Sacramento Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 7400 block of Carella Dr.  Once they had extinguished the fire, fire fighters located the homeowner, Keith Fessler, age 44, deceased inside the residence. 

Fessler's vehicle, a sunset orange 2004 Honda Element, was taken at the time of the murder and recovered 12 hours later, about a mile from his residence.  The suspect(s) burned the stolen vehicle as well as the victim's residence. 

Fessler lived in his home for fifteen years and was an avid musician.  Taken during the incident, were several distinctive string instruments.  Police are asking for your help in locating the stolen items, as well as information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s). 

A partial list of the items taken were:

  1. Dell Latitude D600 Notebook ser# 3Z54J61
  2. Gibson Les Paul Guitar - #31602
  3. Gibson Acoustic Guitar- #91412043
  4. Jackson Guitar- #6717
  5. Carvin Custom Guitar- No serial number
  6. Takamine Santa Fe Guitar- #93121043
  7. Deering Banjo- #4041
  8. Flatiron Mandolin- #93071686
  9. Mitchell MD-100 Guitar- #302018

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES).  Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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