Action Report: Zion Harmonizers seek return of stolen equipment

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Posted on February 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 23 at 8:02 PM

Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
Email: bcapo@wwltv.com | Twitter: @billcapo

NEW ORLEANS -- The Zion Harmonizers have been regular guests on the Eyewitness Morning News for years, and have performed around the world.  But they became crime victims in their home town in July 2009 when all the equipment they use to perform was stolen, when someone took the trailer it was stored in.

"I was kinda stunned," said Zion Harmonizers member William Briscoe.  "You know I, it's, I can't even put it into words. I was just stunned."

"Including the trailer, between $16,000 and $18,000 worth of equipment," added his brother Brazella, Zion Harmonizers Managing Director.

"And we lost monitors, and heads, and drums, a brand new set of drums we had just gotten," continued William.  "It was, I don't know, you kind of wonder how could somebody do something like this."

"We called the police department right away," Brazella explained.  "They sent the detectives out. They interviewed everybody that was on the site, and we waited and waited. I put out a $1,500 reward."

But two years passed with no progress in solving the case, and they had to replace the stolen equipment. It was a major financial blow. But this month, some of the stolen equipment turned up.

"I was excited, I was nervous, upset, I was a little bit of everything," said Brazella with a relieved smile.
New Orleans Police say detectives in the First District are working on this case, and seeking a resolution, and that's exactly what the Zion Harmonizers want. It is why they contacted me, because they're looking for information that will lead to an arrest, and get the stolen equipment returned.

"And I would like to see him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Brazella.  "Hopefully after that, hopefully, he can be a model citizen to society."

"We replaced everything that we had, so if we get it back, maybe we can help somebody else," concluded William.

The $1,500 reward still stands. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call NOPD First District detectives at 658-6010.

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