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Dover Musician "Plays it Back" After Stolen Guitar is Found

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Detective Knight (right) meets with Dave Nickolson to return his guitar. (Photo: Dover Police) Detective Knight (right) meets with Dave Nickolson to return his guitar. (Photo: Dover Police)
M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman receives the "Play It Back" check from Dave and Kathy Nickolson and their son Kadence (Photo: Dover Police) M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman receives the "Play It Back" check from Dave and Kathy Nickolson and their son Kadence (Photo: Dover Police)
A picture of the Facebook post that went viral after Nickolson's beloved guitar was stolen A picture of the Facebook post that went viral after Nickolson's beloved guitar was stolen

DOVER, Del. - A local musician, grateful for detectives' help in locating his stolen guitar, is helping to raise money for a charity run by the Dover Police Department.

Back on Oct. 14, Dave Nickolson was playing a gig at 33 West in Dover when police say his car was broken into. According to police, someone had taken Nickolson's iconic green Schecter Diamond Series acoustic guitar, along with some handwritten song lyrics.

Detectives with the Dover Police Department took on the case, while Nickolson and his wife Kathy shared photos of the guitar on social media, which quickly went viral. Nickolson's mother had given him the instrument 10 years earlier, and its loss was causing Nickolson to lose his passion for performing music.

That changed on Oct. 18 when police identified Michael Wayman as a suspect in the case, found Nickolson's guitar at a local pawn shop and returned it to him.

With Dave's passion for music reignited, the Nickolsons decided to pay it forward by holding an event called “Play it Back.” 

Four local bands played at the Nov. 19 concert at Bubba's in Dover. The Nickolsons received donations from local businesses for raffles and a silent auction and charged $10 cover at the door, with all proceeds going to the Dover Police Holiday Heroes program.

Holiday Heroes allows officers to take local children shopping for Christmas. Play it Back raised $1,307 for the program, which helped the police department exceed its goal of $4,000. The Nickolsons plan to repeat Play it Back in 2017 and beyond.

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