Couple Receives ‘Overwhelming’ Surprise After Store’s Sign Stolen

HAMDEN, CT — While the search continues for the thief who stole a record store’s sign in Hamden, there is some good news to report. Soon after the owners of Replay Records in Hamden put out a call for help on Facebook in finding the stolen sign, they were surprised with a replica of the sign at their home.

Replay Records is a used vinyl, cassette, and CD store located at 2586 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. It has been in operation since 1989 and was previously located in New Haven and West Haven before moving to Hamden in 2007. The original sign that was stolen was made by a friend of owners in 1989 when they first opened Replay Records in New Haven. To sign up for Hamden breaking news alerts and more, click here.

“While signs aren't something that I hold emotional love over, I do have nostalgic love for this sign and how far Doug and I have come in our business,” Mary Snyder wrote in the post on Facebook last Thursday night. “To the person who stole it or someone who knows who did, I ask this. Return it. Leave it at the back door between now and Monday and there will be no repercussions. IF it isn't returned, and IF someone comes forward giving me information on who stole it, then and only then will I bring charges. You defaced our business, you disrespected our property and you really, really screwed with the vibe of what a local record store is about. It's peace, love and music, not violation and stealing. Return it please, immediately."

After seeing the story on Hamden Patch, a friend of the owners — Lissie who works at the Brownstone Restaurant in Hamden — decided she wanted to help. She called Doug and told him that she left something outside of their house and he should look for it when he gets home, according to Mary.

“To say her deed was overwhelming would be an understatement,” Mary said in an email to Patch. “People like Lissie are why we decided to live in Hamden, and also why we moved our business here 11 years ago. She epitomizes what community and neighbors do for one another. She is an incredibly kind, loving and generous soul whose inner light is incredible to behold. We will forever be grateful for her gesture of love.”

Photos courtesy of Mary Snyder

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