Saratoga County

Equipment theft can’t keep Zucchini brother down

Life got a little too busy for Jack “Zucchini” Powell to empty out the gear from his multicolored va
Musician Jack Powell, aka Jack Zucchini, with the van he owns that was broken into on Friday at the F. Donald Myers Education Center on Henning Road in Saratoga. All of his audio equipment was stolen.
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Musician Jack Powell, aka Jack Zucchini, with the van he owns that was broken into on Friday at the F. Donald Myers Education Center on Henning Road in Saratoga. All of his audio equipment was stolen.

Life got a little too busy for Jack “Zucchini” Powell to empty out the gear from his multicolored van last week.

The equipment, ranging from speakers to tambourines, seemed fairly safe in the vehicle and he had more performances coming up, so he decided to leave it. After all, he’d never had his van broken into over the course of more than two decades of playing guitar with the Zucchini Brothers — a popular local band for children — and during his solo performances as RiverJack Z.

“I almost felt there was an invisible force field around it, protecting it,” he said.

But that force field must have been down Friday while Powell worked as a substitute teacher at BOCES’ Donald Myers Education Center. After dismissal around 2:30 p.m., Powell returned to the van to find a small window on the passenger side had been smashed in.

The thief unlocked the doors and took just about everything in the van — stands, cords, a video recorder and microphones. Even Powell’s comfy pair of Merrill hiking boots were nabbed.

“They took my darn hiking boots,” he lamented. “I really liked those boots.”

The only items Powell managed to salvage were a pair of guitars he brought into the school with him. The rest of his possessions vanished in broad daylight.

“I just feel sorry for whoever had to do it,” he said. “It was done by somebody in a really bad place.”

Saratoga Springs police are now investigating the case. Lt. Robert Jillson said the report came in late Friday and much of the staff at BOCES had left for the weekend, so police are just beginning to gather leads.

“We’re still looking into it,” he said Monday.

But ever the optimist, Powell has refused to let the theft get him down. In an appeal he posted on his Facebook page, Powell explains his plight and his determination to stay positive while sailing over a “speed bump” in life.

“I just need to go with it and remember that I am a spiritual being having a human experience and even more importantly, I am love and light,” he wrote in a post asking friends to keep an eye open for his pilfered belongings.

Then the unexpected happened. Shortly after Powell posted his appeal, a page was started on YouCaring.com to raise money to replace his equipment. Less than a day later, he had $2,667 worth of donations.

His Facebook post has since been shared more than 500 times. Dozens of friends and fans have chimed in to offer their condolences and even replacement equipment for him to use as he recovers from the thefts.

“Everything that is going on is making me feel a whole lot better,” said Powell.

And the outpouring of support has made it that much easier for Powell to stay positive. Though he has a lot of work to do to replace his stolen equipment, Powell said he’s thankful for everything he has in life and hopeful that he can grow from the experience.

“Things could be a whole heck of a lot worse,” he said. “This is just a speed bump.”

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