Tom Petty Tweets About Stolen Guitars; Thief Caught

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When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers discovered last week that five of their guitars--including Petty's 1967 blonde maple Rickenbacker--were missing right before the beginning of their tour, they were upset, and with good reason; the instruments were valued at around $100,000.

The band issued a plea on Facebook and Twitter for the help of anyone with information on the theft, offering a $7500 reward with no questions asked pending their safe return.

Anyone with information, it would be appreciated no questions asked and a reward is offered. Thanks all.(image) 4 days ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

On Monday, 51-year old security guard Daryl Washington was arrested for the theft after selling one of the guitars to a Hollywood pawn shop; the other four instruments were later found in his possession. He had apparently stolen them from a soundstage where they were rehearsing for their upcoming tour. While it hasn't been released how much he got for the pawned guitar, it wasn't enough; not only is he in jail, he's also got a team of Petty's fans giving him a collective virtual stink-eye.

Wow. What a-holes. Who would steal guitars from @tompetty ?? Can you help find 'em? 4 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Whoever stole @tompetty's guitars, I hope your own conscience eats you alive. Or the friends you brag to turn you in.(image) 4 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I grew up listening to @tompetty. Stealing from him is like stealing from my dad. NOT COOL. #TPHBstolenguitars - 1 day ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Petty tweeted his thanks to the Culver City Police Department for their quick response in finding the thief; no doubt fans are grateful too, as the tour kicks off today in Colorado.

Extremely gr8ful 2 the Culver City Police Dept 4 a job well done & touched by the outpouring of good wishes & concern from R fans & friends.(image) 16 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum