A burglary at a Dothan music studio has silenced young aspiring artists.
The owner is hoping the public can help save their dreams.
The Pee Wee Entertainment Studio has been eerily quiet since Monday. That’s because burglars pried the back door open and stole the sound board, expensive computer equipment and more.
Owner Marcus Carroll has been helping underprivileged children for the past two years get off the streets and find their musical talents. He funded the equipment himself and provided the services at no charge.
“A lot of kids come to my door; most people wouldn't want near their yard, but when they come to the door they go out as better people because they look forward to coming here daily to record,” Carroll says of his studio.
The value of the items taken is between $10,000 and $20,000 dollars.
Carroll would like to get the equipment back, but what he's really concerned about is the music. Hours of priceless student recordings disappeared when the hard drive was taken.
The stolen music was going to be sent to a producer in Atlanta for review. Some students had the possibility of being awarded recording contracts.
Artist Leonard Mitchell said, “Basically, I come here, I make beats and record and now, that's all gone. I have to start from scratch.”
Dothan Police are investigating the case.
Carroll says if the thieves will return the computers with the music he would be willing to look the other way.
He is also offering a $2000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information regarding this case, call the Dothan Police at 615-3000.