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Thieves Steal Gold Records From Former Player Drummer John Friesen

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Heads up, music lovers: If you happen to spy someone trying to hock a few gold records at a local pawn shop -- particularly one for the 1977 Player hit "Baby Come Back" -- better call the Phoenix Police Department, STAT.

That's because John Friesen, the former drummer for the '70s soft rock band and current Valley resident, is the rightful owner of said golden discs, which were stolen from his North Phoenix home earlier this month.

According to recent media reports, burglars forced open the front door of the North Phoenix residence he shares with his wife on July 16 and not only trashed the place and let out his dogs, but also made of with an unspecified amount of electronics, jewelry, and clothing.

They also nabbed four framed gold records that the drummer and percussionist, who performed with Player from 1976 to 1982, had received after "Baby Came Back" hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and the self-titled album that the radio-friendly single appeared on sold more than a million copies.

The purloined records included golden versions of two 45s of the single and a pair of LPs of the album itself.

Phoenix P.D. is currently investigating the robbery and is on the lookout for a blue-green Cadillac Escalade that was spotted near Friesen's home around the time of the burglary. Police officials have also stated that they believe that the thieves might try to sell the gold records.

New Times called a few local pawn shops and learned that they wouldn't score that much for the stolen mementos, which obviously have a large amount of sentimental value for the musician. One pawnbroker stated that they'd be luck to get more than a c-note.

Friesen told FOX-10 that he hopes the thieves might decide to return the records. And who knows, They might just happen to hear "Baby Come Back" on the radio and decide to do so after having their heartstrings pulled by the gushy love song.

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