While some family heirlooms stolen in a Thanksgiving night robbery of Randy Rhoads' family's music school have been recovered, the most valuable pieces remain missing.
Rhoads' most famous former band mate, Ozzy Osbourne, has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the exhibit's most precious item, Rhoads' first electric guitar, and the arrest of the people responsible for stealing it.
NBC Los Angeles reports that a number of items included in the defiled Musonia Music School exhibit on Ozzy's legendary former guitarist were recovered after a woman spotted them in a North Hollywood dumpster Saturday morning.
Bobbi Fredriksz told NBC that she knew "something was wrong" when she walked by the dumpster; she looked inside and found "40 years' worth of photos and fan gifts" that had been stolen from the local music school, as well as a trumpet that had belonged to Randy's mother Delores since she was a child.
In a social post, asking fans to be on the lookout, Ozzy said he was "heartbroken" to hear of the robbery. He explained the significance of the Musonia School.
"[T]he school became something of a pilgrimage to [Randy's] fans from all over the world," the post reads. "It is a place where the Rhoads family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy. As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy's first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads family."
Randy's 1963 Harmony Rocket — the guitar which set him on the path to composing arrangements to classic songs like "Crazy Train," "Mr. Crowley," "Diary of a Madman," "Flying High Again" and "Over the Mountain," among others — remains missing.
Other stolen gear includes a Peavy amplifier from the '70s and a prototype for Randy's signature Marshall amplifier head. Ozzy's post, which you can view here, also includes photos of the stolen items.
The Musonia School of Music was started in 1948 by Dolores Rhoads and is currently run by Randy's brother Kelle.
In an interview last week, Kelle told The Metal Voice that his family's entire collection of photos and memorabilia was taken from the exhibit. He said at the time that he doubted the robbers would be able to sell the stolen items because of their obvious connection to the Rhoads family and the Musonia school.
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