Property managers of defunct business try to unite pianos with the right owners

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Piersee Piano Consignment store has been closed for months, leaving behind expensive pianos and a lot of questions.

Now, the property managers where the business was located on Blue Parkway in Lee's Summit are trying to find the rightful owners of the merchandise that's been left behind.

Inside the former business remain several pianos collecting dust. Managers of the space went to court for nonpayment of rent and got permission to remove the merchandise.

Last week, managers contacted Call for Action in an effort to reunite the remaining pianos and organs with their rightful owners.

"There are over a dozen organs and pianos in there, including several electric organs and two baby grand pianos," store manager Arnold McMann said.

Several people have contacted Call for Action trying to find their instruments.

Property managers checked but could not locate the organ owned by Sam Shelley. A document signed by the consignment store owner shows Shelley's organ is valued at $5,000. Call for Action reported on efforts to locate Shelley's organ last spring.

"I either want my money or the organ, one or the other," Shelley said in April.

Call for Action contacted the store owner, Jack Piersee, multiple times in an effort to reunite past customers with their instruments. Piersee did not answer questions and quickly left in his truck when Call for Action stopped by his Lee's Summit home. The Missouri Attorney General's office is also investigating at least five consumer complaints against Piersee.

Finding the actual owners of the remaining instruments has not been easy. Building managers looked through the store for receipts and other documents that may help locate the owners of the remaining instruments but were unsuccessful.

"I've been in the business of property management for over 24 years. This is one of the most complicated I've had," McMann said.

If you have an instrument at Piersee Piano, you'll need the receipt which includes the serial number. You can also contact the property managers at 816-363-8018 or email Zephyr Properties, LLC at zephyrproperties@sbcglobal.net .

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