Guitar thief gets 3 years in prison

A Liberty man will spend the next three years in jail for stealing a guitar from a Kansas City business.

Ted Huber

Ted Huber

Ted E. Huber, 48, was sentenced to three years in prison, to run concurrent with a charge of possession of a controlled substance for a felony stealing — fourth or subsequent offense with 10 years.

He was also ordered to pay $699.99 in restitution on the stealing charge.

He is currently serving his time at the Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in St. Joseph.

His latest local charge started on Feb. 5, when he entered Guitar Center at 9188 NW Skyview Avenue in Kansas City and after walking around for 43 minutes, he grabbed a guitar from the floor and ran out of the business.

While employees were busy helping other customers, Huber grabbed a Taylor model guitar, valued at $599.99 and ran to a dark green vehicle and left. The stolen guitar wasn’t recovered.

Surveillance video resulted in a still photo of a white male suspect and that photo was shared throughout the Kansas City metro area. A detective from Merriam, Kan., recognized Huber, who has six felony or misdemeanor theft charges between Missouri and Kansas since 2005.

The witness, an employee of the store, identified Huber from a lineup provided.

At the time of his theft, Huber was on probation.