Thieves clean out musician

WARNERS Bay songstress Kristy James returned from the Tamworth Country Music Festival on a high, only to be robbed in her own home.

The 28-year-old arrived back from the festival on Monday night and quickly went to the supermarket while her fiance and fellow musician Luke Davis finished unpacking the car.

While Davis unpacked music equipment into the garage and a nearby bedroom, thieves ducked under the garage door and grabbed $10,000 worth of acoustic guitars, diamond jewellery and a camcorder.

"He brought the suitcase into the bedroom for a few minutes and when he returned the guitars were gone," James said.

Her guitar had only recently been replaced, as a year ago storms flooded the garage at her former address at Mount Hutton and destroyed her equipment.

"I was literally going to come home and write with this guitar," James said.

"I just wish they could have taken something else."

James has been performing since age 11 and is slowly building her music interests into a full-time career.

She just finished working with producer Glen Hannah on debut single Overdrive and will launch her EP in May.

During the Tamworth Country Music Festival she met fans and industry representatives in the lead up to releasing the EP.

"They [thieves] took the video camera which had footage of my Tamworth launch which we were going to use for promotion," James said.

The two Maton "artist" guitars were worth $3500 each.

Lake Macquarie police reminded the public to lock doors, even while at home.