News 8’s Erin Logan tried to get Charles Magby to comment on the charges he is facing.
“Mr. Magby--channel 8—just wondering if you have a comment or anything to say to these people,” she said.
“No, no comment,” Magby responded.
While News 8 got the blow off, a number of people are telling Guilford police that 63-year old Charles Magby did more than avoid them. Police say Magby, who owns Magby Fine Violins out of his Guilford home, and in New York, had offered to sell high end custom musical instruments on consignment. But, he never gave them the sale proceeds or returned the consigned items.
“Some of them waited several years before they called him and were going on the man's word,” said Lieutenant Jack Dunn.
Then, phones at the Guilford police department started ringing mainly from out of state, in places like Kalamazoo, Michigan, and cities in Pennsylvania.
There are a few local complaints.
The items discussed range from $3,000 to $130,000.
Magby was arrested Friday. The state attorney general's office also is investigating complaints.
News 8 spoke to managers at Sam Ash, a popular music store in the area. They don't know anyone who was victimized, but they feel betrayed because the music world is so small.
“For something that valuable to just go missing, to get sold to somebody to never be seen again. It's really heartbreaking,” said Chic Barton, manager at Sam Ash.
Barton hadn't heard of Magby, but staff members at Yale School of Music did. He also does appraisals, repairs, and restoration on items and operates nationally and internationally, which was even more upsetting to them.
“It really puts a bad message out there to someone who wants to pass these instruments on to someone else who is really going to appreciate it and now this takes another option away from them,” one musician said.
Right now there are five active cases and since Saturday over twelve cases received and two complaints filed.
Guilford Police are asking anyone who may be a victim to call them immediately.
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