Tom Petty Recovers Stolen Guitars
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had five of their vintage guitars stolen last week. Now they’re back. The instruments were stolen late last week from a soundstage where the Heartbreakers were rehearsing for their tour, which is set to start Wednesday in Broomfield, Colorado. A 51-year-old private security guard was arrested Monday night in Los Angeles and booked for grand theft, according to Culver City Police Lt. Ron Iizuka.
Classic rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were thrilled to get back five guitars stolen less than a week before the start of an international tour. “I am extremely grateful to the Culver City Police Department for a job well done and touched by the outpouring of good wishes and concern from our fans and friends,” Petty said Tuesday on the band’s Facebook page.
“Sometimes people make mistakes, but we’d like these back,” Petty said on his Twitter account Friday. “No questions asked.”
According to police, one of the guitars was sold at a Hollywood pawn shop. Officers were able to identify the person who pawned it, and Daryl Washington, a Los Angeles resident, was taken into custody and the other four guitars were recovered, authorities said. Detectives will present the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for filing consideration, police said in a statement.