David Allan Coe's guitar belt returned safely after it was stolen during Lynchburg concert

Belt was stolen as he exited stage during Aug. 9 concert

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Country singer David Allan Coe's guitar belt is back in his possession, according to Lynchburg police.

Thanks to a tip received through Crime Stoppers, authorities identified and located the suspect who stole the handmade, 30-year-old guitar belt Aug. 9 after a show at Phase 2 Dining & Entertainment.

The detective who worked on this case got in touch with Coe's wife, Kimberly Coe. She planned to keep the belt's recovery a secret so she could surprise him with it while he was on stage on his 80th birthday Friday, according to Lynchburg police.

The detective worked with Kimberly Coe to get the belt back before Friday's show so the surprise could happen. At the end of his show Friday, David Coe received his guitar belt, according to Lynchburg police.

Charges are pending for the belt theft.


Police are investigating to find the person(s) who stole David Allan Coe's guitar belt during his concert in Lynchburg on Aug. 9.

After Coe exited the stage at Phase 2 Dining and Entertainment Club around 11 p.m., his guitar belt was stolen.

The guitar belt is leather with two buckles and various metal studs. Authorities said it resembles a weightlifting belt.

Lynchburg police are still investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Davis at 434-455-6166 or Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.

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