4 Gold records stolen from musician's N. Phoenix home

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Four framed gold records were stolen from a musician's North Phoenix home and police are asking for the public's help as they try to identify any suspects.

Phoenix police officers responded to a burglary at the home of John Friesen on July 16.

"My wife and I are just creeped," Friesen said, thankful that his dogs, Ike and Tina, were unharmed.

Police said someone had forced entry into the home and took the four original gold records, two 45s and two albums, awarded to Friesen when he was a drummer for the 1970s music group Player for their album that included the hit single "Baby Come Back."

He told 3TV he still remembers knocking the Bee Gees down the charts.

"We got No. 1 and they got No. 2, and they sent us a telegram to the studio congratulating us. That was huge," he said.

The suspect or suspects also removed several pieces of jewelry, clothing and electronics.

Friesen and his wife are devastated by the loss of their property.

"It's a part of my history that really means something. You don't think that that's a big deal until they're missing," Friesen said of the gold records.

Police are concerned the suspect or suspects may attempt to sell the stolen gold records.

Witnesses reported that a dark bluish-green Cadillac Escalade was near the home during the time of the break-in and that the odd color of the vehicle would stand out.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Callers may remain anonymous and could receive a reward of up to $1,000.