Good news from the Bankesters!
Their band touring vehicle, stolen from their hotel in Raleigh during the World of Bluegrass last week, has been recovered by police just a short distance from where it was taken.
The silver 2012 GMC Yukon XL was found locked and abandoned about a mile and a half away from the hotel. Police found some papers scattered about the recovery site, with one of the headlights broken, leading them to suspect a joy ride heist by area teenagers. They have processed the vehicle and turned it over to the Bankesters’ insurance company who will see to any needed repairs before having it returned to them in Indiana.
Overall, pretty fast results for the various professionals involved in Raleigh. Hats off to all concerned.
The family was staying in the same hotel as we were in Raleigh, and I encountered Phil Bankester dealing with the police in the lobby on the morning of September 29. Otherwise, and absent my personal knowledge of Phil as a scrupulously honest gentleman, one might have suspected an elaborate ruse to generate publicity for their new album, Nightbird, due for release in December.
Nah… they would never do anything like that.