Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Get Their Guitars Back

Posted by at 2:58 pm on April 18, 2012

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have gotten back the missing guitars they were seeking and police said on Tuesday a security guard has been arrested on suspicion of stealing the instruments.

The five guitars – which included Petty’s 1967, 12-string Rickenbacker made of maple – were reported stolen on Thursday from a sound studio in Culver City, west of Los Angeles, and the band announced it would pay a $7,500 reward for information leading to their recovery.

Daryl Washington, a 51-year-old security guard at the studio, was arrested on Monday and booked on suspicion of grand theft, police said.

Detectives got a tip one of the guitars was sold to a Hollywood pawn shop, police said.

“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 wrote on his Facebook page.

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