Stephenville resident Mike Stanley wants to find the thief who silenced his band and business.

Stanley was at work Wednesday when he received a call from a local Department of Public Safety Trooper who said his cargo trailer had been recovered off FM 205, near 4C's Arena.

The call came as a shock to Stanley, who owns and operates Hometown Hero Studio and is the lead man in the Mike Stanley Band.

Even more shocking was the fact that an estimated $40,000 in sound equipment housed in the trailer was gone.

The equipment was not only used to showcase his own talents, Hometown Hero Studios also provides live sound for several local events.

"From what the police have come up with, the trailer was stolen from my house, emptied at another location and dumped in the ditch near 4C's," Stanley said. "Someone saw the trailer and called it in because they believed it was a wreck."

Stanley said the trailer was parked in its usual spot - on the side of his home in the 100 block of Choctaw Drive in the Westgate subdivision.

With friends and acquaintances spread across the county, Stanley turned to the Internet in search of leads.

"If anyone saw it (the cargo trailer) between the hours of 8 p.m. Tuesday - 8 a.m. Wednesday, please let me know," Stanley posted on Facebook Thursday. "Any info on the color, make, or style of vehicle used to pull it would be more than helpful."

A few of the stolen items include mixing boards, subwoofers, monitors, amplifier and flight cases.

"All of the flight cases are black in color with silver metal trim and hardware. All but one case has red wheels," Stanley said. "The largest case has a large predominant logo on the front with my studio name and contact information.

Anyone with information about the case should call Stephenville police at 918-1200 or Erath County Crime Stoppers at 254-965-CASH.