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Prior to the end of their recent tour in Sacramento, California, the Word Alive were robbed of $10,000 worth of personal effects and merchandise. Lead singer Telle Smith took to Twitter today to decry the crime. “It feels so shitty to be almost home from an amazing tour and to end on such a horrible note. The fact that it happens nonstop to artists trying to bring positivity city to city is so fucked.”

After playing the first night of a two-night stand with Falling In Reverse, the Word Alive went to their Airbnb. Sometime between 11:30 pm and 2:30 am, their van was broken into. Thieves made off with the members’ personal items (cash, jewelry, laptops, clothes) and band merchandise. The band were playing two nights at Ace Of Spades, so all of their musical gear was safely inside the venue.

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“They stole practically everything of value inside the van,” frontman Telle Smith tells AP. “We never leave anything inside the van, but we were playing two nights and the tour ends tonight. We were packing the van to prepare to go home.”

Smith is currently working with the merchandise company MerchNow to see if a specially designed shirt could be created to offset the loss. “We don’t want to go the GoFund Me route, so we’re seeing if MerchNow will allow us to do that.”

The Word Alive won’t be heading out on tour again until this June. “That’s the other insult to injury,” he says. “It’s not like we can go out and make it all back on tour. We have to wait a little bit.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about the crime are asked to contact the Sacramento Police Department.