Syracuse Area Band’s Bus Broken Into; Reward Offered

Mike McKay, leader of the Syracuse-based band that bears his name, announced on his Facebook page that the band’s bus has been broken into.

The bus was parked behind the Raymour and Flanigan store on Route 57 in Liverpool. Thieves damaged the bus and stole equipment, including a television, the dashboard radio and speakers, band merchandise and an Xbox gaming system and games.

While the damage can be repaired and the equipment replaced, the items McKay is most upset about losing are notebooks full of hand-written lyrics from his years of writing and performing.

According to a report airing on WSYR, the band purchased the bus from a local fire department and spent three months modifying it as a tour bus. Band members have performed up and down the East Coast using the bus and, as most musicians can sympathize, the vehicle became their home away from home. McKay sees this break-in as an invasion of his privacy.

McKay is putting up $500 of his own money as a reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident. Anybody with information on the break-in, which occurred within the past seven days, is encouraged to call the state police in Lysander at 315-638-8200.