Lakewood musician’s livelihood at risk after thief steals van containing prized drum set

Lakewood musician’s livelihood at risk after thief steals van containing prized drum set

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - A local band is on a mission to help their drummer track down his stolen van that contained his prized drum set.

Denis Devito, leader of Cats on Holiday, said playing the drums is how Toby Packard pays his bills.

“They probably just stole the van, and, ‘Wow, look what’s in the back,’” said Devito.

He believes the theft happened sometime Sunday night.

He said Packard’s locked van was parked outside his apartment on the west end of Lakewood.

“For a pro drummer, he had very good stuff, 1965 vintage,” said Devito.

Inside Packard’s 2000 black Dodge Caravan was the bass drum, rack, and floor toms.

They’re Rogers, silver sparkle holiday series. The snare drum is a Fortune with natural wood.

Plus, the bags for his equipment. Devito said, “If you bought them in a drum store somewhere people would know.”

He’s not sure how much the set is worth, but he estimates around $4,000.

“You’ve got symbols, hardware and again the cases alone,” said Devito.

While the search has only been going on a short time, Devito said the support has been phenomenal. Some local musicians even offered to let Packard borrow a drum set for his next gig, which is just days away.

“We put it on Facebook last night and by this morning it blew up. I mean, every Cleveland musician came out of the woodwork and kept passing it along,” said Devito.

The goal is to track down the drum set and/or the van, no questions asked.

In the meantime, a benefit is being organized called, “Drumming Up Support,” to raise money for a new drum set. It’s scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at Brother’s Lounge in Cleveland.

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