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Thieves swipe sound system from yard on Fargo Marathon route

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A screen grab from a surveillance video showing two people stealing a sound system from the Fargo yard of Rod Shafer. Special to The Forum2 / 2

FARGO — As the owner of Arctic Audio, a local business that sells audio and home theater equipment, Rod Shafer loves sound.

"It's delicate and it takes a little more time, but it invites you to have a more complete experience with the music," the self-described "two-channel freak" said in describing a turntable. "I like recorded music better than I like live."

So Shafer appreciates the chance to share his passion every year when the Fargo Marathon runs past his house on Eighth Street South. "We've putting sound out on the marathon since the first year," he said.

His annual marathon sound barrage ran into a snag this year, though.

The night before the race Saturday, May 19, Shafer had a $5,000 sound system tucked behind the hedges in his front yard. About 3 a.m., thieves made off with the gear, a crime caught on video shot by a neighbor's surveillance camera.

"Really? Oh god," was his reaction when he found out in the morning.

But the show must go on. "I rushed to the shop, got some more equipment and went back," he said.

Shafer said the stolen system included 120-pound speakers and was advertised as a "guaranteed eviction notice." He's hoping if the thieves plug it in and turn it on, it'll prompt a noise complaint and a call to the cops that could lead to its recovery.

Otherwise, is considering offering what he called a "considerable" cash reward for information leading to his equipment. He's urging anyone with a tip to call the Fargo Police Department.