VIDEO: Thief caught on video vandalizing music studio

Published: Dec. 27, 2017 at 4:14 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2018 at 5:17 PM EST
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James Daniel appeared in court on Jan. 1, 2018. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
James Daniel appeared in court on Jan. 1, 2018. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man who accused of destroying thousands of dollars worth of equipment at a recording studio appeared in court Monday.

James Daniel, 43, was booked in Louisville Metro Department of Corrections on Dec. 31 and charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Daniel allegedly broke into Goldsmith Studios on Goldsmith Lane, stole two guitars and damaged lots of other expensive equipment.

He smashed a recording board and slammed a guitar into bongos, pianos and other instruments.

The security system alerted the owner, Brian Cronin, who watched it all go down from his smartphone.

"I have an app on my phone so I was able to actually dial in and watch it all sort of happen, which was absolutely gut-wrenching when you can't do anything about it," Cronin said.

Daniel's bond was set at $15,000. He is scheduled to appear back in court on Jan. 11.

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